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War Memorial in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary

A Grade II Listed Building in Bitton, South Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4225 / 51°25'21"N

Longitude: -2.459 / 2°27'32"W

OS Eastings: 368183

OS Northings: 169378

OS Grid: ST681693

Mapcode National: GBR JX.PN5Q

Mapcode Global: VH88X.BHDV

Entry Name: War Memorial in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 11 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425476

Location: Bitton, South Gloucestershire, BS30

County: South Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Bitton

Built-Up Area: Bitton

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Warmley Syston and Bitton

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Summary

A war memorial, designer unknown, constructed circa 1921.

Description

A war memorial, designer unknown, constructed circa 1921.

MATERIALS: the memorial is constructed from hammered stone, on a stone-built platform.

PLAN: the war memorial cross is set upon a square platform.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of a wheel cross with a tapering shaft, in hammered stone, set on a moulded base upon a stone-built platform. The front face of the base carries the inscription TO / THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN / HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN / FROM THIS PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR / KING AND COUNTRY / IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 below which are the names of the Fallen. The opposing face of the base is inscribed in matching lettering TO / THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN / HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN / FROM THIS PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR / KING AND COUNTRY / IN THE SECOND GREAT WAR / 1939-1945, followed by the names of the men who died in that war.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 11 January 2017.

History

The war memorial was erected after about 1921, in a prominent location, in the churchyard of the parish church of St Mary.

The memorial was set up to honour the Fallen of the First World War; after the Second World War it was altered to include the men of the parish who had lost their lives in that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial cross at the Church of St Mary in Bitton 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.
* Group value: with the church of St Mary (Grade I), several tombs (listed Grade II), and a number of surrounding listed buildings which provide its setting.

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