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Rotherhithe (Holy Trinity) War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Southwark, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5003 / 51°30'0"N

Longitude: -0.0348 / 0°2'5"W

OS Eastings: 536501

OS Northings: 179757

OS Grid: TQ365797

Mapcode National: GBR K5.1XH

Mapcode Global: VHGR1.BKY7

Entry Name: Rotherhithe (Holy Trinity) War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 November 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1449951

Location: Southwark, London, SE16

County: London

District: Southwark

Electoral Ward/Division: Surrey Docks

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Southwark

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Summary

First World War memorial.

Description

Cross atop a tall fluted pillar which is decorated with wrap-around leaf garland carvings. This rests on a platform bearing the words "FOR GOD, KING AND COUNTRY" on the front face. Below this is a plinth, topped by a decorated pediment; the front face of this bears the inscription: IN HONOURED MEMORY / OF MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR / LIVES IN THE GREAT / EUROPEAN / WAR. / REST ETERNAL GRANT UNTO THEM / O LORD, AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL / SHINE ON THEM. The right and left faces bear the names of the Fallen. The whole stands on a three-step base.

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, 30 January 2018.

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 the country. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also 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 Holy Trinity Church (unlisted) in Rotherhithe as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. The original church was destroyed by bombing in 1940; the current building dates to 1959.

Reasons for Listing

Rotherhithe (Holy Trinity) 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 the local community, and the sacrifices it made in the First World War;
* Architectural interest: as an attractive and dignified war memorial.

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