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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1425593
Location: Chepping Wycombe, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP10
Civil Parish: Chepping Wycombe
Built-Up Area: High Wycombe
Traditional County: Buckinghamshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire
Church of England Parish: Flackwell Heath
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
War memorial unveiled in 1921 with later additions after the Second World War.
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.
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.
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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