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Middleton-in-Chirbury War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Chirbury with Brompton, Shropshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5869 / 52°35'12"N

Longitude: -3.0388 / 3°2'19"W

OS Eastings: 329714

OS Northings: 299292

OS Grid: SO297992

Mapcode National: GBR B4.B4HZ

Mapcode Global: WH8C8.975N

Entry Name: Middleton-in-Chirbury War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 November 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1451381

Location: Chirbury with Brompton, Shropshire, SY15

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Chirbury with Brompton

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Summary

First World War Memorial with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

Tall stone pillar, topped by a cross, standing atop a plinth. The front face bears the inscription REMEMBER YE WITH / THANKSGIVING AND / ALL HONOUR THOSE / FROM THIS PARISH WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR / KING AND COUNTRY IN / THE GREAT WAR / 1914 -1918, with the names of the Fallen inscribed on the other three faces. This stands on a three-step base, the upper-most step of which is inscribed REMEMBER ALSO WITH GRATITUDE / THOSE WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR / 1939 - 1945, with names on two of the other faces.

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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised in Middleton-in Chirbury as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. It was erected at some point after 1918; additional inscriptions were added at some point after the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Middleton-in-Chirbury 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 conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: as a dignified and imposing stone cross war memorial;
* Group value: with the adjacent Grade-II listed Holy Trinity Church.

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