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Cold Ashton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Cold Ashton, South Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4529 / 51°27'10"N

Longitude: -2.3598 / 2°21'35"W

OS Eastings: 375098

OS Northings: 172723

OS Grid: ST750727

Mapcode National: GBR 0PJ.XXT

Mapcode Global: VH967.1RV1

Entry Name: Cold Ashton War Memorial

Listing Date: 12 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425403

Location: Cold Ashton, South Gloucestershire, SN14

County: South Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Cold Ashton

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Marshfield with Cold Ashton and Tormarton

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Summary

A churchyard war memorial commemorating the fallen of both World Wars, of c1945.

Description

A churchyard war memorial commemorating the fallen of both World Wars, of c1945 and built by the Bodmin Granite Company.

MATERIALS: of rock-faced Bodmin Granite with inset lead lettering

DESCRIPTION: rectangular on plan and in section. It is south facing and has a wheel-head cross of Celtic outline, with tapered shaft. Below this is a tapered plinth which stands on a stepped podium. The lower shaft bears the wording ‘FOR / KING / AND / COUNTRY’. The plinth has a projecting, ashlar plaque with smooth surface and cusped border, which reads ‘IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN / TWO GREAT WARS / 1914-1918 – 1939-1945 / (Names)’. Below the names lettering reads: “THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”. The rear and flanks are bare, save for a small plaque on the east side which is inscribed ‘BODMIN GRANITE Co. / BODMIN’.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 11 January 2017.

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. Many more were erected after the Second World War. One such memorial was Cold Aston War Memorial, which commemorates the fallen from both world wars. The monument appears to have been erected after 1945 and the inscription simply gives the names of the fallen, without reference to service or rank.

Reasons for Listing

Cold Ashton war memorial, in the churchyard of the church of The Holy Trinity, Cold Ashton, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: as an accomplished and well-realised war memorial, designed by the local rector;
* Group value: with the church of The Holy Trinity Cold Ashton (Grade I).

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