Media release - issued 29 Aug 2019

Aldershot cenotaph receives Grade II listing

Aldershot's cenotaph has been given Grade II listing for its special architectural and historic interest.

The cenotaph in Municipal Gardens was built as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by members of the community, who lost their lives in the First World War.

It was unveiled by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester in 1925, and dedicated by the Bishop of Winchester, Frank Woods.

A further inscription was added in 1950 to commemorate those who died in the Second World War.

The Grade II listing was approved by the Secretary of State for Digital, Government, Media and Sport at the recommendation of Historic England.

In proposing the listing, Historic England recognised the cenotaph's historic interest as 'an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community and the sacrifices it made in the 20th century conflicts'.

The memorial is made of Cornish granite and the cenotaph itself is in the shape of a pylon, sitting on a central plinth on a large, rectangular platform, which is approached by three steps. In its recommendation, Historic England also recognised the memorial's architectural interest as an 'elegantly proportioned cenotaph'.

Tim Mills, Head of Economy, Planning and Strategic Housing at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "Aldershot's cenotaph has offered an important focus over the years to recognise and remember those in the community who gave their lives for their country. We are extremely pleased that Historic England recommended the Grade II listing and that this has now been endorsed, as this confirms that the cenotaph is of special interest and that every effort will be made to preserve it for future generations."

Aldershot and Farnborough have nearly 100 listed buildings. You can find out more on our Listed buildings page.

Details of the Aldershot cenotaph listing are available on the Historic England website.

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