War Memorials Trust

Showcase result


Town or City: Sevenoaks
County: Kent
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM3659

Value of grant: £182.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: Small Grants Scheme
Year: 2010

UKNIWM reference number: 40497

Return to search results | Start a new search

Shoreham war memorial prior to works © Barbara Ide, 2010Shoreham war memorial is in a riverside location on Darenth Way, Shoreham. The memorial is composed of a Kent rag stone base and Bath stone plinth with a headstone shaped memorial on top. Interestingly, the inscription on the memorial calls for those who visit the memorial to refer to a large chalk cross located on a nearby hill which could originally be seen from the memorial. The inscriptions were originally carved into the stone, but the names on the plinth have since been covered with bronze plaques.

In 2010, War Memorials Trust gave a grant of £182 to improve the legibility of the main inscription on the memorial with by cleaning with low pressure water and non-metallic brushes. In addition, any open or failed joints were raked out by hand and re-pointed in lime mortar to ensure that there is not unnecessary ingress of water into the structure. As part of a separate project, nearby bushes have been trimmed back so the visual link between the memorial and cross on the hill has been reinstated.Shoreham war memorial after completion of works © Barbara Ide, 2010

The cost of the memorial was £202.56 and was designed by Mr John Oliver Brook Hitch and built by the Nine Elms Stone Masonry Works Ltd. The memorial was dedicated on 24th May 1920 and unveiled by Lt Col the Hon Francis Mildmay.

The main inscription on the memorial reads:

as you look
the cross
on the hill
who gave
their lives Historic photograph of memorial and chalk cross on the hill, courtesy of Shoreham Parish Council
their country

1914 – 1919”

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM3659
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 40497

If you have a concern about this memorial please contact the Trust on conservation@warmemorials.org

Return to search results | Start a new search


An update to our privacy policy

This site uses cookies to help us keep the site relevant and to make your experience better. To comply with recent EU legislation we need to ask for your consent in using these cookies on your computer. For a full list of exactly how we use cookies on this site please read our Cookie Policy.

Please note: By NOT accepting cookies you will experience some reduction in functionality of this site. By continuing to use our site we will assume an implied consent.

I accept

This notice should appear only the first time you visit the site.