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Headless Cross War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Headless Cross and Oakenshaw, Worcestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.294 / 52°17'38"N

Longitude: -1.9456 / 1°56'44"W

OS Eastings: 403803

OS Northings: 266211

OS Grid: SP038662

Mapcode National: GBR 3J0.0YC

Mapcode Global: VH9ZV.7L8R

Entry Name: Headless Cross War Memorial

Listing Date: 30 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425552

Location: Redditch, Worcestershire, B97

County: Worcestershire

District: Redditch

Electoral Ward/Division: Headless Cross and Oakenshaw

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Redditch

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Headless Cross St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

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Summary

First World War memorial, 1920. Later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The 6m tall monument in Portland stone stands to the south of St Luke’s Church (Grade II-listed). It comprises a cross which rises from a tapered shaft. The cross bears a small shield on which is carved HIS. The shaft has a moulded base and capital, and stands on an octagonal pedestal which rises from a three-stepped concrete base.

The inscription carved on the front face of the pedestal reads:

TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN/ GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE/ MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ LIVE THOU FOR ENGLAND/ WE FOR ENGLAND DIED

The 99 names recorded on the memorial are carved on the other seven sides of the pedestal. On the front face of the top step is carved ALSO IN WORLD WAR II 1939-1945.

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, 18 January 2017.

History

The war memorial was unveiled in October 1920 by Bishop Fyson. An inscription commemorating those who fell in the Second World War was added after 1945.

Reasons for Listing

Headless Cross War Memorial, which stands to the south of St Luke’s Church (Bridge Church), Evesham Road, 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;
* Group Value: with the Grade II-listed church of St Luke, 1867-8, one of the best works of Frederick Preedy (1820-98).

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