Staffordshire war memorials are among hundreds to be listed over the last year through Historic England’s pledge to protect 2,500 memorials by 2018, marking the centenary of the First World War.
· Tittensor War Memorial: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1432729
Uttoxeter War Memorial, in the form of a medieval Eleanor Cross designed by L.W. Barnard and Partners of Cheltenham. The memorial includes plaques added for the Second World War around 1945, the Gulf War around 1991and the Afghanistan War around 2010: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1430098
Tutbury War Memorial, Churchyard of the Church of St Mary, Church Street, Tutbury, Staffordshire, designed by Cecil Greenwood Hare: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1435191
Cheslyn Hay War Memorial: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1437693
Chase Terrace and Boney Hay War Memorial, St John’s Community Church, Burntwood: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1438120
Trysull and Seisdon War Memorial, Churchyard of Church of All Saints, Trysull: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1438229
Wombourne War Memorial, Churchyard of the church of St Benedict Biscop, Wombourne: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1438106
St Edward’s War Memorial, Churchyard of the Church of St Edward, Church Street, Leek: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1438631
Kinver War Memorial, Comber Road, Kinver: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1438356
Lichfield War Memorial, Garden Walls, Balustrades and Gate with gate piers, Garden of Remembrance, Bird Street, Lichfield,
Staffordshire, designed by Charles Bateman in the English Renaissance style: https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1187733
Built by communities in the years following the conflict, these memorials are a poignant, physical reminder of the sacrifices and loss the First World War brought about. One hundred years on, it is time to come together again to ensure our memorials are in good condition, and properly recognised by listing where appropriate.
Veryan Heal, Planning Director, West Midlands, said:
“Over a million Britons lost their lives in the First World War. It’s important that their sacrifice is not forgotten – and that the lessons learnt during that time are as resonant now as they were then. The centenary programme aims to bring us together more closely as a nation to honour the lives and bravery of all those who served. War memorials are a valued part of our heritage and it is absolutely fitting that we cherish and preserve them for future generations.”
She added: “Whether we have relatives whose names are on local memorials, or who fought alongside those who died, we all have a connection with remembrance. I would urge everyone to make sure their local memorial is in good condition. If it isn’t, then Historic England, War Memorials Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund all have grants and advice available.”
Roger Bowdler, Director of Listing at Historic England, said: “Researching, recording and recommending up to 2,500 more war memorials for listing over the next five years is a major task but one that Historic England is proud to undertake. These memorials will gain a place on the National Heritage List for England to tell the story of this country’s sacrifice and struggle.
Historic England has pledged to list a total of 2,500 war memorials over the centenary of the First World War. To do this we need members of the public to put their war memorials forward for listing.”
This is all part of a wider partnership we have forged with War Memorials Trust, Civic Voice and the Imperial War Museums to help communities discover, care for and conserve their local war memorials. Working with enthusiastic volunteers across the country, the programme is providing up to £2million in grants for war memorial repair and conservation and hundreds of workshops to teach people how to record their memorials and put them forward for listing.
Our goal is to see as many war memorials as possible are in a fitting condition for the centenary, and they remain cherished local landmarks for generations to come.
For more information on listing: www.historicengland.org.uk/listingwarmemorials
For more information on training: www.civicvoice.org.uk/warmemorials
For more information on grants available: www.warmemorialstrust.org/grants
For more information (including images) about war memorials: https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/search/