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Langford War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Langford, Oxfordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7232 / 51°43'23"N

Longitude: -1.6426 / 1°38'33"W

OS Eastings: 424784

OS Northings: 202778

OS Grid: SP247027

Mapcode National: GBR 5TT.ZFQ

Mapcode Global: VHC05.GYZD

Entry Name: Langford War Memorial

Listing Date: 31 August 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1437452

Location: Langford, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, GL7

County: Oxfordshire

District: West Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Langford

Built-Up Area: Langford

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Langford

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Summary

First World War memorial of 1920 with further names added after the Second World War.

Description

Langford war memorial comprises a plain stone Latin cross, the shaft and arms of which are octagonal in form. It is set upon an octagonal plinth inscribed on multiple faces.

The north face reads: TO THE/ HONOURED MEMORY/ OF THE MEN/ OF THIS PARISH/ WHO DIED/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918. The west face reads: ALSO IN/ THANKSGIVING/ FOR THE/ LIVES SPARED/ AND FOR/ VICTORY/ OVER THE ENEMY. The south face is inscribed with the quote: GREATER LOVE/ HATH NO MAN/ THAN THIS/ THAT A MAN/ LAY DOWN HIS LIFE/ FOR HIS FRIENDS. One further side is inscribed with the names of the fallen.

The following dedication to the fallen of the Second World War has been added to the north-west face: ALSO/ IN HONOURED/ MEMORY OF/ THOSE OF THIS/ PARISH WHO/ FELL IN THE/ WORLD WAR/ 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).

The plinth stands on a three-stepped base with the north face of the middle step inscribed with: ERECTED/ BY THE PARISHIONERS/ 1920.

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Langford as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Created in 1920, the war memorial commemorates nine local servicemen who died during the First World War. Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the three fallen of that conflict. 

A roll of honour associated with this memorial, in the form of a scroll, is located in the porch of St Matthew's Church.

In 2011 the memorial was cleaned and repaired with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Langford War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet striking memorial cross;
* Group value: with Grade II-listed buildings around the green including Dunford House, Greystones, Threeways and Bridgewater House.

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