Bournemouth First World War Memorial Listed at Second Highest Grade - II*

Bournemouth War Memorial, situated in the registered Bournemouth Pleasure Gardens, has been listed at Grade II* as part of an English Heritage scheme to list up to 500 war memorials a year over the next five years to mark the centenary of the First World War. The English Heritage scheme has the backing of Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who leads for the Government on First World War commemorations.

The Bournemouth War Memorial of 1920-22 has survived exceptionally well and is a very poignant reminder of the impact of the First and Second World Wars on the local community, containing two bronze plaques commemorating fallen servicemen from both World Wars.

It is designed in Classical style by the architect Albert Edward Shervey, and has a particularly high level of architectural and artistic interest in its pair of stone ‘Canova’ lions by WA Hoare, a well known and highly-skilled memorial mason. The lions are guarding the memorial with one of the lions sleeping, while the other is roaring. With its associated stone steps, enclosure and balustrade, the memorial compares well with other Grade II* listed First World War Memorials and stands in a prominent position in the heart of Bournemouth, opposite the listed town hall.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said: “This centenary comes at a point where living memory becomes written history, so it is absolutely essential that our work to mark it speaks clearly to young people in particular. War Memorials are a precious part of our heritage that keeps alive the ultimate sacrifice that so many made. It is absolutely right that we cherish and protect them”.

Roger Bowdler, Designation Director at English Heritage, said: “Researching, recording and recommending up to 2,500 more war memorials for listing over the next five years is a major task but one that English Heritage is proud to undertake. These memorials will gain a place on the National Heritage List for England to tell the story of this country’s role in the First World War, and to ensure that they are properly looked after in times to come.”

War Memorials Trust is working in partnership with English Heritage to encourage applications to list war memorials and wants people to report war memorials in poor condition so that it can help get these memorials repaired. Check our web pages for details on how to care for your local war memorial.

Maria Miller added: “Whether we have relatives whose names are on local memorials, or who fought alongside those who died, we all have a connection with remembrance. I would urge everyone to make sure their local memorial is in good condition. If it isn't, then English Heritage, War Memorials Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund all have grants and advice available.”