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St Marie of the Annunciation War Memorial Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Standish with Langtree, Wigan

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Latitude: 53.5846 / 53°35'4"N

Longitude: -2.6707 / 2°40'14"W

OS Eastings: 355694

OS Northings: 409985

OS Grid: SD556099

Mapcode National: GBR 9VSZ.LR

Mapcode Global: WH86L.Y5DB

Entry Name: St Marie of the Annunciation War Memorial Cross

Listing Date: 28 April 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1426129

Location: Wigan, WN6

County: Wigan

Electoral Ward/Division: Standish with Langtree

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Standish

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Standish St Wilfrid

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.


The stone memorial comprises a Celtic cross bearing the figure of Christ crucified. The wheel-head is inscribed IN HOC SIGNO VINCES. A wreath is carved in relief at the base of the cross shaft. The cross shaft stands on a square, splayed, pedestal and plinth.

Inscribed on the front of the pedestal in applied metal lettering is LORD HAVE MERCY ON THE SOULS OF/ (13 NAMES)/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE/ EUROPEAN WAR 1914-1918/ AND TO CHERISH WHOSE MEMORY THIS CROSS IS/ ERECTED BY THEIR FELLOW-PARISHIONERS & FRIENDS./ MAY THEY REST IN PEACE. AMEN. Inscribed on the side of the pedestal in applied metal lettering is HAVE MERCY ALSO O LORD/ ON THE SOULS OF/ (11 NAMES)/ WHO DIED IN THE 1939-1945 WAR/ MAY THEY REST IN PEACE.

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, 30 January 2017.


The war memorial was erected in remembrance of the Roman Catholic men of Standish who died in the First World War. Further inscriptions and the names of those who died in the Second World War were added later. Originally it stood outside the presbytery, but was moved c2004 to its current position just north-west of the church of St Marie.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial, which stands beside the Roman Catholic church of St Marie of the Annunciation in Almond Brook Road Church, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reason:
* 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.

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