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South Newington

Town or City: Banbury
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM3699

Value of grant: £1493.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: Small Grants Scheme
Year: 2010

UKNIWM reference number: 000000

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South Newington war memorial © J. Braithwaite, 2010South Newington war memorial is in the south east corner of the churchyard of St Peter Ad Vincula. A cross surmounts a tall pillar atop a plinth on a one-stepped base. The memorial is located within a conservation area and the curtilage of the Grade I listed Church.

In July 2010 War Memorials Trust offered a grant of £1,493 towards works to address the structural stability of the memorial. The top section of the shaft of the cross was leaning and there were a number of major cracks so the shaft had to be dismantled and internal dowels were replaced with stainless steel dowels, all corroding pins and cramps were replaced with stainless steel and all joints were re-pointed with lime mortar. Lean visible before grant works © J. Braithwaite, 2010The conservation project also included cleaning the memorial. Due to the complexity of the project a conservation-accredited Architect was hired to oversee the works and a faculty was also required.

The memorial was designed by Walter Tapper FRIBA and built by Arthur W Sturley of Banbury. It was built with stone donated by Captain Robert Brassey from Heythrop Park quarry near Chipping Norton. The south face of the plinth bears the inscription:

gave their lives
for us

Repaired joints visible after grant works © J. Braithwaite, 2010The names of those commemorated are inscribed on the east and west faces of the plinth. The cost of the memorial was raised by public subscription. The memorial was dedicated on 4th August 1921 by Dr Hubert Burge, Bishop of Oxford.

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM3699
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 000000

War Memorials Online: 138020

The National Heritage List for England: 1277633

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

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