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Padbury War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Padbury, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9682 / 51°58'5"N

Longitude: -0.9574 / 0°57'26"W

OS Eastings: 471720

OS Northings: 230480

OS Grid: SP717304

Mapcode National: GBR BZG.JS1

Mapcode Global: VHDT9.CS6K

Entry Name: Padbury War Memorial

Listing Date: 31 August 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1437595

Location: Padbury, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, MK18

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Civil Parish: Padbury

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Padbury

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Summary

First World War memorial, 1920.

Description

The memorial is situated beside the junction of Main Street and Old End, in close proximity to a number of Grade II-listed buildings including Ivy Farmhouse, Vine Cottage, 7 and 8 Old End, and Everley. It takes the form of a tapering, rough-hewn, granite obelisk, square on plan and c2m high. The obelisk stands on a square plinth, raised on one step.

The centres of all four sides of the plinth have been inset and smoothed. Each face bears names or dedications. All lettering is in applied black-painted metal letters. The main dedication on the north-west face of the plinth reads ERECTED BY PUBLIC/ SUBSCRIPTION IN MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF THIS VILLAGE/ WHO DIED IN DEFENCE OF/ THEIR KING AND COUNTRY./ 1914 - 1918. The names of the fallen are recorded on the south-east face, appearing in order of rank with initials and surname.

On the north-east face is the biblical quotation "THEREFORE SHALL THEY/ RECEIVE A GLORIOUS/ KINGDOM AND A BEAUTIFUL/ CROWN FROM THE LORD'S/ HAND." with to the south-west face "THINE, O LORD, IS THE/ GREATNESS, AND THE/ POWER, AND THE GLORY,/ AND THE VICTORY."

The memorial is enclosed by iron railings forming a small square enclosure.

History

Padbury War Memorial was dedicated on 25 April 1920. It was constructed by Messrs Newman and Harper, also responsible for ten other memorials in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire including those at Weedon, Bishopstone, and Aston Clinton (all Grade II-listed). Padbury’s memorial commemorated 16 local servicemen who died in the First World War. One further name was added in 2015 and the memorial was refurbished in 2014.

Reasons for Listing

Padbury War Memorial, which stands at the junction of Main Street and Old End, 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 local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the First World War;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet well-proportioned granite obelisk;
* Group value: with a number of Grade II-listed buildings in the vicinity.

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