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Latitude: 51.5506 / 51°33'1"N
Longitude: -2.5762 / 2°34'34"W
OS Eastings: 360142
OS Northings: 183675
OS Grid: ST601836
Mapcode National: GBR JR.FGPP
Mapcode Global: VH888.99F6
Entry Name: Almondsbury War Memorial
Listing Date: 16 April 2015
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1426067
Location: Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire, BS32
County: South Gloucestershire
Civil Parish: Almondsbury
Built-Up Area: Filton
Traditional County: Gloucestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire
Church of England Parish: Almondsbury and Olveston
Church of England Diocese: Bristol
War memorial, circa 1919 by Sir J Ninian Comper; bomb damaged in 1940 and restored in 1952.
War Memorial, circa 1919 by Sir J Ninian Comper; bomb damaged in 1940 and restored in 1952.
Materials: constructed of local stone
Plan: approximately circular on plan.
Description: the memorial has a tall octagonal column rising to a castellated top, with a freestone carved crucifixion above facing west. It stands on a plinth which has a chamfered top and stops to four of the corners. It is inscribed: THANKS BE TO GOD/ WHICH GIVETH US THE VICTORY/ THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST/ SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF/ (NAME)/ AND OF ALL WHOSE NAMES ARE HERE RECORDED/ WHO HAVE DIED FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918. On the south-west side of the cross are the remains of the original octagonal base (three sides survive) of four deep steps. On the opposite (north-east) side, accessed by stone steps is a semi-circular paved terrace with coursed stone rubble retaining walls; almost every paving stone bearing the name, regiment and date of death of the fallen from both the First and Second World Wars. The uppermost step carries an inscription in relief: THIS MEMORIAL CROSS DESTROYED BY/ ENEMY BOMBS IN 1940 WAS RESTORED/ BY THE PEOPLE OF ALMONDSBURY IN 1952/ THE NAMES OF THOSE FROM THE PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE CAUSE/ OF FREEDOM IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945/ ARE RECORDED ON EITHER SIDE OF THIS/ STONE IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THEIR/ SACRIFICE.
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 aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. One such memorial was erected in circa 1919 in Lower Almondsbury to commemorate the thirty three men of the parish who died during the conflict. It was designed by the eminent architect, Sir Ninian Comper (1864-1960). The memorial was damaged during the Second World War and was subsequently restored in 1952 at which time a paved terrace bearing the names of the men who died during both the First and Second World Wars was added.
Almondsbury war memorial of 1919 by Sir Ninian Comper which was damaged during bombing in 1940 and restored in 1952, 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: as a well-crafted and traditional design by renowned architect Sir Ninian Comper which was restored in 1952 following bomb damage during the Second World War.
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