Bisham Village War Memorial

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Reference WMO/115419

Address:

Marlow Road

jct Temple Lane

Bisham

SL7 1RR

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Calvary
Materials:
  • Stone Portland stone
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The memorial takes the form of a calvary with a canopied figure of the crucified Christ, his feet supported on a small ledge. It stands c1.8m high. The shaft tapers and is chamfered, and almost rounded at the bottom, in towards a narrower, circular section that stands atop the base. The memorial’s defining feature is the distinctive Romanesque figure of a triumphant Christ. It was made by the the nationally renowned sculptor, Eric Gill, and is a good example of his newly resolute, Romanesque style which emerged from Gill’s reaction to mass bereavement caused by the war. The memorial was unveiled on 18th June 1919 following an evening service in All Saints’ Church. It suffered partial demolition when it was knocked down by an army crane c1960 but was subsequently restored to its original appearance.
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At the canopy, above the figure of Christ, is the inscription: INRI. The front face of the shaft reads: Jesu My Strength And My Redeemer. The right side of the shaft reads: Remember F S Kelly DSC Bisham Grange Nov 13 1916 Remember Likewise His Comrades In Arms Of This Countryside (14 WW1 names in date order). On the left side of the shaft the inscription reads: Erected In Memory Of A Most Beloved Brother Lieut Commdr Frederick Septimus Kelly DSC Hood Battln Ryl Naval Divn Who Fell At The Taking Of Beaucourt Sur Ancre After Serving Throughout The Gallipoli Campaign Remember Also (7 WW2 names in date order). On the base the inscription from Shakespeare’s Henry V reads: Here Was A Royal Fellowship Of Death.

Grade II* (England)

1117603

Bisham Village Conservation Area

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