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Eastington War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Eastington, Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7504 / 51°45'1"N

Longitude: -2.3164 / 2°18'58"W

OS Eastings: 378255

OS Northings: 205797

OS Grid: SO782057

Mapcode National: GBR 0L3.95L

Mapcode Global: VH94W.S8SF

Entry Name: Eastington War Memorial

Listing Date: 9 June 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1426570

Location: Eastington, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL10

County: Gloucestershire

District: Stroud

Civil Parish: Eastington

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Eastington St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Summary

First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The memorial stands in the north part of the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels (Grade II*). It takes the form of a wheel-head limestone cross on a tapering, octagonal shaft, mounted on a square, two-tier plinth. The transition from the cross to the shaft is marked by carved foliage.

On the front of the upper plinth is inscribed TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF (NAMES) AND OTHER OFFICERS & MEN CONNECTED WITH/ THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR KING & COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918. The remaining names of those who died appear on the side panels. On the rear is inscribed SACRED ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO FELL IN THE/ 1939-1945 WAR./ (NAMES).

The inscriptions, and the names of all those commemorated, are also recorded on bronze panels fixed horizontally round on the top of the lower plinth.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 10 January 2017.

History

The memorial was unveiled in August 1920 by Brigadier J E Bush CB; the Right Reverend Bishop Foddam led the prayers. The names of servicemen who died during the Second World War were added later. Bronze panels repeating the names were added to the memorial in 1995, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of VE Day.

Reasons for Listing

Eastington's war memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the church of St Michael and All Angels, 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;
* Design: a well-executed stone cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed church of St Michael and All Angels.

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