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Flackwell Heath War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Chepping Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6013 / 51°36'4"N

Longitude: -0.7078 / 0°42'28"W

OS Eastings: 489590

OS Northings: 189957

OS Grid: SU895899

Mapcode National: GBR D5L.FW8

Mapcode Global: VHDWC.P04R

Entry Name: Flackwell Heath War Memorial

Listing Date: 14 April 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425593

Location: Chepping Wycombe, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP10

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Wycombe

Civil Parish: Chepping Wycombe

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Flackwell Heath

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Summary

War memorial unveiled in 1921 with later additions after the Second World War.

Description

War memorial unveiled in 1921, designed by Thomas Thurlow.

MATERIALS: Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: approximately 3m in height, the memorial takes the form of an obelisk, topped by a large ball finial. On each side a Latin Cross extends to the finial. The obelisk stands on a pedestal with a three stepped base, the middle step having chamfered central sections to the front and rear. The pedestal bears stone plaques on each side, those on the front and rear faces are set on a curved mount. The front plaque bears the inscription ‘SACRED/ TO THE MEMORY/ OF THE BRAVE MEN/ OF FLACKWELL HEATH/ WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918’. The names of 43 of the fallen are inscribed on the remaining plaques with an additional seven names continued on the chamfered step below. The front of the step bears the inscription ’ TO THE MEMORY OF OUR MEN/ WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE/ 1939-1945 with the names of the 17 fallen of the Second World War inscribed on the chamfered central sections of the step below.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: the memorial stands on a square paved area with low domed stone piers at the four corners. Outside this is a later chain link fence supported on stone piers.

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 memorial was designed by the architect Thomas Thurlow of High Wycombe. The mason was H T Dickens. It was unveiled on 8th May 1921 by the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Robert Wynn-Carrington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire whose son, Viscount Wendover, is recorded on the memorial. The memorial was later surrounded by metal railings which were removed for scrap during the Second World War and subsequently replaced by a chain link fence. The names of the fallen of the Second World War were then added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Flackwell Heath war memorial, unveiled in 1921, with Second World War additions, 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 in an unusual form.

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