Whitchurch War Memorial Cross

Browse crosses

Location: Around the back of the church, above the roadside wall.

O/S Grid Ref:  SX/49331/72732               Longitude/Latitude (Degrees+/-):  -4.12742/50.53490

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Purpose:  War Memorial Cross.

Size: The cross is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 metres) high and 3 feet 3 inches inches (1.00 metre) across the arms. The shaft measures 13 inches (0.33 metres) square.

Information:  The cross sits in a large socket stone, on a granite plinth of three steps.  The socket stone is 3 feet 7 inches (1.09 metres) high, with a face that tapers upwards from 2 feet 8 inches (0.81 metres) to 2 feet 4 inches (0.0.71 metres) and with a depth of 2 feet 5 inches (0.74 metres).  The plinths give a further height of 2 feet (0.61 metres), giving the whole structure a total height of 11 feet 9 inches (3.58 metres).

The face of the socket stone has been given a smooth recessed surface, which shows the following inscription: To the Undying Memory of Our / Brave Whitchurch Parishioners / Who Laid Down their Lives / In the Great War / 1914 - 1918.  Listed below the inscription are the names of the 20 men who lost their lives during the conflict.  Similarly, on the top step of the plinth, the names of the 10 men who lost their lives in the Second World War have been listed along with the inscription: 1939 / 1945.

Whitchurch_wooden_plaque.jpg (104068 bytes)whitchurch_wooden_cross.jpg (107605 bytes)Further back in the churchyard in a clearing amongst the tress, but again quite close to the road, stands a massive wooden cross.  This cross stands around 14 feet high (4.27 metres) and 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 metres) across the arms.  The width of the shaft is 14 inches (0.36 metres), with a depth of 9 inches (0.23 metres).  The area in which the cross stands has been set aside for the burial of people's ashes.  A plaque affixed to the shaft of the cross recognises the area as a Christian Sanctuary for the ashes of the faithful departed.  The plaque also shows that the cross was erected in memory of William Alexander Lister F.R.C.P. and Leslie F. J. Parker PH.D.,  B. SC.

Also in the front of the churchyard, standing beside the path near the entrance gate, is the Whitchurch Churchyard Cross, which is a relatively modern cross standing in an ancient socket stone.