War memorials to be Grade II listed

First World War memorials in Mevagissey and St Austell, UK, have recently been granted Grade II listed status as part of the English Heritage’s aim to list up to 2,500 war memorials in the next five years. This aim is a result of the recent commemorations marking the centenary of the beginning of the war.

A carved Celtic cross, inscribed with 31 names of men from the town who gave their lives in WWI and 12 from WW2, resides in St George’s Square, Mevagissey. It was built as a memorial in 1920 and still remains in its original location today. The second memorial give Grade II listed status is St Austell’s memorial in Market Street. This holds the names of over 300 men belonging to the parish and includes deaths from both world wars.

The War Memorials Trust is an organisation which aims to protect the UK’s many historic war memorials. They are working in collaboration with English Heritage to encourage applications for memorial list status. They are asking the public to report any monuments they know of which are currently in poor condition so that they can be restored to their deserved glory.

Designation director at English Heritage. Roger Bowdler, has said that the next five years for the organisation will be quite busy as they have to record, research and recommend over 2,500 war memorials, but this is a task that they’re proud to be a part of. The memorials with Grade listing will have a place in the National Heritage List of England and help to tell the story of history. In addition to Mevagissey and St Austell, the Tintagel Cross War Memorial in St Materiana Church is also listed.

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