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Westerleigh War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Westerleigh, South Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5156 / 51°30'56"N

Longitude: -2.434 / 2°26'2"W

OS Eastings: 369981

OS Northings: 179725

OS Grid: ST699797

Mapcode National: GBR JY.HNG2

Mapcode Global: VH88J.R5MF

Entry Name: Westerleigh War Memorial

Listing Date: 17 April 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425484

Location: Westerleigh, South Gloucestershire, BS37

County: South Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Westerleigh

Built-Up Area: Westerleigh

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Yate

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Summary

Westerleigh war memorial, thought to have been erected shortly after 1918.

Description

War memorial. Circa 1919. The plinth carries the name ‘Bodmin Granite Company’.
MATERIAL: granite.
DESCRIPTION: a Celtic cross, standing on a roughly-hewn plinth, with a base beneath. The west face of the plinth is smoothed to carry the incised inscription of the names of the six men, all privates, who fell in the Great War. Beneath the names are the lines ‘The blood of heroes is / the seed of freedom.’


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 war memorial is understood to have been erected shortly after 1918, to commemorate the men of the parish of Westerleigh who fell during the First World War of 1914-1918. The memorial stands on the village green, to the north of the Church of St James.

Reasons for Listing

Westerleigh war memorial 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
* Design: for its bold and simple design, taking the form of a Celtic cross in roughly hewn granite, on a well-proportioned plinth;
* Group value: with the Church of St James, listed at Grade I, the numerous listed monuments standing within the churchyard, and other nearby listed buildings.

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