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Long Crendon War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7727 / 51°46'21"N

Longitude: -0.9964 / 0°59'46"W

OS Eastings: 469346

OS Northings: 208701

OS Grid: SP693087

Mapcode National: GBR B0F.T2T

Mapcode Global: VHDV7.PP4X

Entry Name: Long Crendon War Memorial

Listing Date: 5 February 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1432474

Location: Long Crendon, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, HP18

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Civil Parish: Long Crendon

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Long Crendon

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Summary

First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The memorial stands in a raised garden to the east of the junction of Chearsley Road and Bicester Road. The garden is fronted by a low retaining wall. Access is gained by way of three steps in the centre of the wall, leading up to a paved area bordered on three sides by a similar low stone wall. A further three steps in the rear wall rise up to a flowerbed.

Approximately 3m tall, the stone monument at the centre of the paved area comprises an obelisk, square on plan. The obelisk rises from the pediment of a square plinth. The plinth stands on a three-stepped base. The principal dedication on the front (west) face of the plinth reads IN MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING/ THE GREAT WAR/ "THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE.”/ 1914 (3 NAMES)/ 1915 (9 NAMES). The remaining names from the First World War, grouped by year, are recorded on the other sides of the plinth. Inscriptions for the Second World War are recorded on the front faces of the steps. All the inscriptions are executed in metal letters fixed to the stone.

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

Long Crendon War Memorial was unveiled on 19 November 1920 by Colonel F T Higgins Bernard, of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. The memorial commemorates 52 local servicemen who died during the First World War. Following the Second World War, further names were added to commemorate those eight who died in that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Long Crendon War Memorial, which stands at the junction of Chearsley Road and Bicester Road, Long Crendon, 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;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet elegant Classical obelisk;
* Group value: with Sycamore Farmhouse and Number 13, and 7, Bicester Road (both Grade II-listed).

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