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Citizens of Battersea War Memorial Shelter

A Grade II Listed Building in St Mary's Park, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4704 / 51°28'13"N

Longitude: -0.1703 / 0°10'13"W

OS Eastings: 527180

OS Northings: 176194

OS Grid: TQ271761

Mapcode National: GBR 5W.Y2

Mapcode Global: VHGR5.099M

Entry Name: Citizens of Battersea War Memorial Shelter

Listing Date: 30 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425540

Location: Wandsworth, London, SW11

County: London

District: Wandsworth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Mary's Park

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Wandsworth

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Battersea Christ Church and St Stephen

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Summary

Second World War memorial to the casualties of Battersea, in the form of sheltered seating.

Description

Second World War memorial to all war casualties of Battersea, in the form of sheltered seating.

MATERIALS: red brick with limestone dressings and a clay tile roof.

PLAN: the structure is crescent-shaped, with the convex outer face to the north; the roof is hipped. There is a small central store room, accessed from a door to the north. At either end the structure is extended by a timber pergola resting on brick columns.

EXTERIOR: to the south the structure is open-fronted, the roof and stone architrave supported on a brick colonnade. The roof is surmounted by a copper-clad lantern with a weather vane. The north wall has small unglazed openings with black decorative metal grilles.

INTERIOR: the replacement granite plaque is central, bearing the inscription: TO THE MEMORY / OF THE / MEN, WOMEN / AND / CHILDREN / OF / BATTERSEA / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES / IN THE / WORLD WAR / 1939-1945. To either side, built against the back wall, is timber bench seating.

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, 17 February 2017.

History

The Citizens of Battersea war memorial was unveiled on 28 July 1952, and is dedicated to all the people of Battersea who lost their lives in the Second World War. It is located in Christchurch Gardens, which was converted from a churchyard to a public garden in 1885. The memorial own) takes the form of sheltered seating, intended as a place of remembrance where passers-by could sit and rest. The granite dedication plaque is a replacement of the original bronze plaque, which was stolen. The original mid-C19 church, situated to the east of the garden, was destroyed during the Second World War and was replaced by a new church, slightly later than the memorial, in 1959. The church was designed by Thomas F Ford, with murals by Hans Feibusch.

Reasons for Listing

The Citizens of Battersea War Memorial, which is situated in Christchurch Gardens, 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 Second World War;
* Architectural and design interest: as a carefully designed and executed structure, providing public seating for quiet contemplation in a public garden;
* Location: being next to the site of a church destroyed by bombing, gives the memorial added poignancy.

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