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Chearsley War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Chearsley, Buckinghamshire

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Latitude: 51.7903 / 51°47'25"N

Longitude: -0.9619 / 0°57'42"W

OS Eastings: 471697

OS Northings: 210697

OS Grid: SP716106

Mapcode National: GBR C1L.PMC

Mapcode Global: VHDV8.88VC

Entry Name: Chearsley War Memorial

Listing Date: 26 November 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1430581

Location: Chearsley, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, HP18

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Civil Parish: Chearsley

Built-Up Area: Chearsley

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Chearsley

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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War memorial, 1920, by Messrs A and F Manulle with additional details added after the Second World War.


War memorial of 1920, designed by Messrs A and F Manulle.

MATERIALS: rough-hewn granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands on a grassy knoll, shaded by an oak tree, and opposite the village Green. The base of the memorial is a simple rectangular plinth set directly into the grass. A battered section then rises from the plinth upon which stands a sturdy pylon topped with a perforated Celtic wheel cross. On the base of the front of the memorial metal letters on a polished stone face spell out the inscription TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY/OF THOSE IN THIS PARISH/WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/1914-1919. The names of those commemorated are displayed on the side faces, again in metal lettering on a polished stone, with two additions from the Second World War.


Designed and erected after the First World War the memorial was unveiled by General Sir Robert Fanshawe KCB DSO on 14th November 1920. Fanshawe commanded 48th (South Midland) Division during the First World War and was one of three brothers who all commanded corps or divisions in this conflict. The names of the First World War fallen are detailed on the base of the monument. After the Second World War further names were added.

Reasons for Listing

Chearsley War Memorial, 1920, designed by the architects A and F Manulle, 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: an unaltered, modest, but considered design in quality material by local architects A and F Manulle.

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