More war memorials listed in effort to protect them

Chatton War Memorial
Chatton War Memorial

A number of war memorials in north Northumberland have been listed as part of Historic England’s pledge to protect 2,500 by 2018.

It has been announced that the monuments in Chatton, Chevington and Broomhill, and Denwick are now grade II-listed alongside those at Cambo, Corbridge, Cornhill-on-Tweed and East Ord.

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.

Historic England, with the War Memorials Trust, is offering advice and grants to help members of the public to submit applications to have their local war memorials listed and repaired where necessary.

In the North East, Historic England is working closely with the North East War Memorials Project who submitted the applications for listing for all 19 memorials.

The North East War Memorials Project is a volunteer run project established in 1988 with the aim of locating and recording every war memorial in the region, between the Tweed and the Tees.

Carol Pyrah, Historic England’s planning director in the North East, 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.

“Whether we have relatives whose names are on local memorials, or who fought alongside those who died, we all have a connection with remembrance.”

She added: “I would urge everyone to make sure their local memorial is in good condition. If it isn’t, then Historic England, the War Memorials Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund all have grants and advice available.”