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Clapham Common War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Lambeth, London

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Latitude: 51.4624 / 51°27'44"N

Longitude: -0.1425 / 0°8'33"W

OS Eastings: 529132

OS Northings: 175349

OS Grid: TQ291753

Mapcode National: GBR DY.5Y

Mapcode Global: VHGR5.HH0S

Entry Name: Clapham Common War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1441831

Location: Lambeth, London, SW4

County: London

District: Lambeth

Electoral Ward/Division: Clapham Town

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Lambeth

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Clapham Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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First World War memorial, later adapted to commemorate the fallen of the Second World War.


Tall Celtic cross made of roughly hewn granite, standing on a pedestal made of two unequally sized granite slabs. The top slab bears the inscription TO / THE MEN OF CLAPHAM / WHO DIED FOR ENGLAND / 1914 - 1919, the bottom slab bears the dates 1939 - 1945.

The names of the First World War dead are recorded on two plaques affixed to the church outside the entrance (listed separately with the church).

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, 3 March 2017.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was raised on Clapham Common outside Holy Trinity Church as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community.

Reasons for Listing

Clapham Common 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 local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as an imposing and dignified war memorial in the form of a Celtic cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed Holy Trinity Church.

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