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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1426589
Location: Ravensthorpe, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN6
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
First World War memorial with additions for later conflicts.
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.
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.
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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