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Christian Malford War Memorial Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Christian Malford, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5075 / 51°30'26"N

Longitude: -2.0531 / 2°3'11"W

OS Eastings: 396407

OS Northings: 178730

OS Grid: ST964787

Mapcode National: GBR 2S0.HQ6

Mapcode Global: VHB3N.CCFP

Entry Name: Christian Malford War Memorial Cross

Listing Date: 8 November 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1451047

Location: Christian Malford, Wiltshire, SN15

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Christian Malford

Built-Up Area: Christian Malford

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Summary

First World War granite memorial cross, unveiled 1919, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The memorial stands within a small kerbed area on a triangular grass sward in the centre of the village, close to the Medieval Cross in the Garden of Croscote (scheduled, and Grade II-listed) and opposite the Old Malt House (Grade II).

The circa 2.9m tall memorial comprises a rough-hewn wheel-head cross on a tall shaft, rectangular in section, rising from a tapering plinth and single-stepped base. It is carved from Cornish granite. The front face of the cross head is ornamented with carved interlace patterns, and a hemispherical boss at the intersection of the cross arms.

The principal dedicatory inscription in applied metal lettering on the front face of the plinth reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN THANKFUL AND HONOURED/ MEMORY OF OUR OWN WHO FOUGHT AND/ FELL IN THE GREAT EUROPEAN WAR/ 1914 - 1919/ (12 NAMES)/ “THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”.

The later Second World War dedication, reading 1939 - 1945/ (3 NAMES) is recorded on the right-hand face of the plinth.

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. 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 Christian Malford as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 12 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was designed and erected by Messrs W Webb and Sons, of Chippenham, who also designed the war memorial in nearby Broughton Gifford (Grade II). The cost of the memorial was £70 10s excluding the inscription and names, and over £80 was raised by public subscription. The memorial was unveiled on 14 October 1919 by the Lord Bishop of Bristol. Following the Second World War, the names of three local men who died in that conflict were added.

Reasons for Listing

Christian Malford War Memorial Cross, which stands at the junction of The Green and Church Road, 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 sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* a simple yet poignant granite memorial cross, incorporating carved interlace patterns in the Celtic style.

Group value:

* with the medieval cross in the Garden of Croscote (scheduled and Grade II-listed), and The Old Malt House (Grade II).

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