Albrighton War Memorial

Lest We Forget

Cross StationThe Albrighton War Memorial, located on Newport Road, Albrighton, was built in 1920 to commemorate those that had fallen in World War I. The land was donated by Mrs Margaret Heatley of St Cuthbert’s, wife of Ex Lieutenant Heatley and mother of  Sub-Lieutenant Tom Pryce Juer Heatley, who sadly died during World War II.

The design of the structure was by Mr. J.A. Campbell of Amberley, Gloucestershire, with work carried out by William Aumonier’s firm of architectural sculptors. The metal work seen at the site is work from Alfred Bucknell of Waterlane, Gloucestershire. Records held by Shropshire Archives show that Mr Campbell had submitted an approximation on 16th November 1919 for the value of the memorial at £330.

The memorial is different from traditional War memorials due to it being an obviously religious sculpture. The structure is a wooden calvary beneath a curved canopy, with the Christ figure carved from olive wood. On the shaft beneath are carved 1914-1918 followed by 19 names ordered by surname; and 1939-1945 followed by eight names. The calvary is set on a two-stepped stone base.

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The grand unveiling took place 16th September 1920 where the Ven. Archdeacon of Salop dedicated the War memorial. The first part of the service was held in the Parish Church by the Vicar Rev. P.R. Bartley.

On the 7th July 2008, The Memorial was changed to a Grade II listing due to the Memorial remembering the members of the community who gave their lives in the First and Second World War.

In 2009 the Parish Council sought to register the land with HM Land Registry after the land was left unused by Wilson Lovatt & Sons, no interest was shown in the land and subsequently Albrighton Parish Council proceeded with registering the title with HM Land Registry.

Albrighton Parish Council are working on a project for the War Memorial – click here to find out more.