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Ravensthorpe Memorial Cross, Northamptonshire

A Grade II Listed Building in Ravensthorpe, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.327 / 52°19'37"N

Longitude: -1.0185 / 1°1'6"W

OS Eastings: 466987

OS Northings: 270335

OS Grid: SP669703

Mapcode National: GBR 9ST.1BB

Mapcode Global: VHDRJ.9RFZ

Entry Name: Ravensthorpe Memorial Cross, Northamptonshire

Listing Date: 4 June 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1426589

Location: Ravensthorpe, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN6

County: Northamptonshire

District: Daventry

Civil Parish: Ravensthorpe

Built-Up Area: Ravensthorpe

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Ravensthorpe St Denys

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Summary

First World War memorial with additions for later conflicts.

Description

The memorial stands alongside the tower of the church of St Denys (Grade II*). It comprises a stocky, 2.5m tall limestone cross with a simple wheel head carried on an octagonal shaft. This rises from a square plinth set on a shallow octagonal base. Each corner of the plinth is decorated with a narrow, blind lancet.

The plinth bears the inscriptions carved into three of the side panels:

(west) HE DIED FOR US./ GREATER LOVE./ THEY DIED/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY./ 1914-1919.

(east) WORLD WAR 1939-1945/ THESE MEN GAVE/ THER LIVES (2 NAMES).

(south) (9 NAMES)

A metal plaque has been fixed to the north side of the plinth, inscribed FALKLANDS 1982/ (1 NAME).

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, 16 January 2017.

History

The memorial was presumably erected c1920, like most of the country’s war memorials. Details for the Second World War were later added, as was a plaque commemorating a soldier who died during the Falklands conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Ravensthorpe Memorial Cross, which stands alongside the church of St Denys, 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 Denys.

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