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Newborough War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Newborough, City of Peterborough

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Latitude: 52.6383 / 52°38'17"N

Longitude: -0.2227 / 0°13'21"W

OS Eastings: 520364

OS Northings: 305987

OS Grid: TF203059

Mapcode National: GBR HYY.QHC

Mapcode Global: WHHN5.KY59

Entry Name: Newborough War Memorial

Listing Date: 24 March 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1433438

Location: Newborough, Peterborough, PE6

County: City of Peterborough

Civil Parish: Newborough

Built-Up Area: Newborough

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Newborough St Bartholomew

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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


Newborough War Memorial, made by Messrs John Thompson and Co of Peterborough, is prominently placed on the east edge of the churchyard of St Bartholomew, facing onto the street. Metal gates, which form part of the churchyard boundary and are not listed, give direct access from the pavement to the memorial, the square base of which is set back slightly from the gates. A square plinth is set at the centre of the base, above which is a bold, plain cross. At the top of the east face is a crown in relief, and immediately below that is a green wreath encircling the words: IN MEMORY OF NEWBOROUGH AND BOROUGH FEN HEROES WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY DURING THE WAR 1914 – 1918. At the base of the cross is an inscription added after the Second World War: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAN TO LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS, below which are the dates 1939 – 1945 followed by 7 names. The 25 names of those who died in the First World War are on the east face of the cross shaft, between the inscriptions for the First and Second World Wars.


Newborough War Memorial was made by Messrs John Thompson and Co of Peterborough at a cost of just under £200. It was unveiled by the Marquis of Exeter on the 8 August 1920; a long and detailed account of the dedication ceremony was given in the Peterborough Advertiser on 14 August.

Reasons for Listing

Newborough War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

* Artistic interest: a simple and bold interpretation of a standard cross design, enhanced by the dark green of the wreath against the grey stone.

* Group Value: it has group value with the Church of St Barholomew, listed at Grade II.

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