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Cheddington War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Cheddington, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8475 / 51°50'50"N

Longitude: -0.6641 / 0°39'50"W

OS Eastings: 492121

OS Northings: 217386

OS Grid: SP921173

Mapcode National: GBR F42.0Y8

Mapcode Global: VHFRH.FTSL

Entry Name: Cheddington War Memorial

Listing Date: 22 December 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1431836

Location: Cheddington, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, LU7

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Civil Parish: Cheddington

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Cheddington with Mentmore

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Summary

First World War memorial, 1922, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The memorial stands at the northern edge of The Green in Cheddington village. Built of grey granite, it comprises a tall obelisk raised on a square, chamfered, plinth. The plinth stands on a three-stepped base. A plain Latin cross is carved in relief on the front face of the obelisk. The memorial is enclosed by a low hedge and flowerbed to the front and sides.

The principal dedicatory inscription on the front face of the plinth reads IN/ GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF/ CHEDDINGTON/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ (18 NAMES)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. The Second World War inscription on a small, sloping stone fixed on the middle step of the base reads 1939 – 1945/ (3 NAMES).

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 11 January 2017.

History

Cheddington War Memorial was unveiled by Mr E Archer (father of one of the commemorated men) and dedicated by the Rector, Reverend WHH Elliott, on 24 December 1922, to commemorate 18 local servicemen who died during the First World War. The scheme for a public memorial was promoted by local ex-servicemen, who approached the war memorial committee. The committee, responsible for identical alabaster plaques that had been erected in the parish church and the Wesleyan Chapel, set aside £60 towards the cost. The balance of the full cost of £120 was met through fundraising activities. A further three names were added following the Second World War, to commemorate those who died in that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Cheddington War Memorial, situated on The Green, 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 C20;
* Architectural interest: a well-proportioned Classical obelisk.

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