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Great Shelford War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.1503 / 52°9'1"N

Longitude: 0.1359 / 0°8'9"E

OS Eastings: 546231

OS Northings: 252375

OS Grid: TL462523

Mapcode National: GBR L82.558

Mapcode Global: VHHKH.96PX

Entry Name: Great Shelford War Memorial

Listing Date: 23 April 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425398

Location: Great Shelford, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB22

County: Cambridgeshire

District: South Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Great Shelford

Built-Up Area: Cambridge

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Great Shelford St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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First World War memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.


The Great Shelford war memorial, a c 7m high limestone cross, stands on a small green where the High Street meets the A1301. The tapered octagonal shaft carries upwards to form the upright of the cross-head, the horizontal of which is also octagonal. The shaft rises from a plinth which is square but with heavily chamfered corners.

On the plinth’s front face is inscribed TO/ THE MEMORY/ OF THE MEN/ AND WOMEN/ OF THIS/ VILLAGE/ WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES IN/ THE GREAT WARS/ 1914-18. 1939-45./ THEIR NAME LIVETH EVERMORE. The names of those who fell in the First World War appear on the two sides of the plinth, and the Second World War dead on its rear. The plinth stands on a two-stage octagonal base. A small grassed surround is defined by stone kerb, as is a narrow path to the rear.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 16 January 2017.


The memorial was unveiled on 2 January 1921. The architect was Fred Baccus. Names of those who died in the Second World War were added at a later date.

Reasons for Listing

Great Shelford’s war memorial, which stands on a small green where the High Street meets the A1301, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: an elegant limestone cross.

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