17th Oct, 2019

War memorials across the city set to be a part of National Heritage list

Lorna Morris 14th Nov, 2016

A NUMBER of war memorials across Worcester have been chosen to be a part of the National Heritage list.

Historic England, the public body that looks after England’s historic environment, has added four of Worcester’s First World War memorials to the National Heritage List for England.

Chosen for their historic significance, the war memorials include a Celtic cross in St Barnabas Churchyard, a Calvary cross memorial with a carved figure of Christ at St Paul’s Church and a stone cross at Holy Trinity & St Matthew in Ronkswood.

A carved stone memorial designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in 1918 was also included in the list, which is based in Churchyard of St John Baptist Church.

This follows a decision to grant these memorials Grade II listed status due to their special historic and architectural interest.

The Heritage List is the only official and up-to-date database of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England and new additions have to be approved by the secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport.

Historic England aims to add 2,500 war memorials to the Heritage List between 2014 and 2018, as part of the commemorations for the centenary of World War 1.

Coun Roger Berry, cabinet member for housing and heritage, said: “Protecting and raising awareness of Worcester’s heritage are real priorities for the City Council and I welcome Historic England’s recognition of these war memorials’ significance.

“They will remind us for generations to come of the huge sacrifice made by local people, who helped protect the freedoms that we enjoy today.”

Visit www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list to access the Heritage List.

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