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Church war memorials protected against developers

Fri 11 Nov 2016
By Alex Williams

There is a fresh bid to ensure more than a dozen war memorials in churches and churchyards across England are preserved for future generations.

Church war memorials in England getting listed status:

Wrestlingworth War Memorial, Church of St Peter, Bedfordshire

St Neots War Memorial, St Mary's, Cambridgeshire

Steeple Morden War Memorial, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Cambridgeshire

Little Stukeley War Memorial, St Martin's Church, Cambridgeshire

Greatham War Memorial, Church of St John the Baptist, Hartlepool, County Durham

War memorial at St Michael and All Angels Church, Hertfordshire

Great Altcar War Memorial, Church of St Michael and All Angels, Lancashire

Banks War Memorial, Church of St Stephen in the Banks, Lancashire

Martin War Memorial, Holy Trinity Church, Lincolnshire

Kidlington and Hamlets War Memorial, Church St Mary the Virgin, Oxfordshire

Memorial to Major Geoffrey Brooke Parnell, Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

Beacon Hill War Memorial, Church of St Alban, Surrey

Cubbington War Memorial, Church of St Mary, Leamington Spa

The 13 monuments are among 50 being awarded listed status - which offers greater protection against developers - Historic England has announced on Armistice Day.

Tracey Crouch, the government's heritage minister, said: "The First World War affected every community across the country, and local memorials are integral to honouring the memory of those who served.

"As we continue to commemorate the centenary of the war, it is only right that we protect memorials across the country so future generations never forget the sacrifices that were made."

Memorials at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford, the Church of St John the Baptist in Hartlepool and the Church of St Michael and All Angels near Southport are among those those being listed.

Roger Bowdler, Director of Listing at Historic England, said: "One hundred years on, it is time to come together again to ensure our memorials are in good condition, and properly recognised by listing."

The latest monuments to be listed form part of a public nominations initiative by Historic England to ensure 2,500 receive the status before the centenary of the end of World War I in 2018.

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