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Aston Clinton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8017 / 51°48'6"N

Longitude: -0.7323 / 0°43'56"W

OS Eastings: 487510

OS Northings: 212207

OS Grid: SP875122

Mapcode National: GBR D31.TZY

Mapcode Global: VHDV6.8Z77

Entry Name: Aston Clinton War Memorial

Listing Date: 4 November 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1428922

Location: Aston Clinton, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, HP22

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Civil Parish: Aston Clinton

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Aston Clinton

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Summary

War memorial cross, 1921, designed and built by Newman and Harper of Aylesbury.

Description

War memorial cross, 1921, designed and built by Newman and Harper of Aylesbury.

MATERIALS: built from pale grey Cornish granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is positioned within a semi-circular roadside plot, bounded by box hedging to the rear and a row of eight granite piers linked with iron chains in front. It consists of a Celtic cross on a tapered plinth and a square base upon a grass hillock. The granite has a roughly hewn finish, except for a smoothly dressed panel on the front of the plinth, which is inscribed in applied lettering: ‘TO / THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORIAL OF THE MEN OF / ASTON CLINTON / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914-1918’ followed by the names of 30 men, ordered by surname. Below that: ‘1939-1945’ followed by the names of 13 men, and the inscription ‘GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS / THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS’.

History

The First World War claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of English men and affected the entire nation. A surge of public commemoration was made in the years following the end of the conflict, with memorials built to honour the dead of the locality, many of whose bodies could not be repatriated. War memorials provided a focal point for grief in the absence of, and in addition to, graves.

A plot on the side of the main road through the village was chosen, and the land was donated by Nathan Charles Rothschild. The cost of the memorial was £230, which was raised by public subscription. An unveiling ceremony took place on Sunday 3 April 1921, led by Major JC Swann and attended by Lord Rothschild and a great number of local people.

Reasons for Listing

The Aston Clinton War Memorial, 1921, by Newman and Harper of Aylesbury, is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural interest: a recognisable symbol of commemoration, well executed in good-quality materials;
* Historic interest: a poignant reminder of the tragic impact made on local communities by the First, and then the Second, World Wars.

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