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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Maidstone
Town
Lenham
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: September 1922
    Attended by: MAG GEN SIR A LYNDEN BELL KCB
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
16335
Current location

North of the Pilgrims way above Lenham
Lenham Cross
Pilgrims Way
Lenham
Maidstone
Kent
ME17 2HA
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 90582 52774
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Chalk cross cut into hillside. The rough hewn dedicatory stone has been moved to outside Lenham church (WMA 41042).
Inscription
SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE WAR 1914 - 1918 / (NAMES) / ALSO OF THOSE WHO FELL IN THE / WAR OF 1939 - 1945 / (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 42
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 42
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 14
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 14
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Cross
    Measurements: height 188ft, width 60ft
    Materials: Chalk
Listing information
  • 'The Cross': a hill-figure war memorial at Lenham
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
c 1977: The dedicatory stones which were at the foot of the cross were moved to the north entrance of the church. This was to enable surviving relatives of the men named on the stones to continue to visit as they were getting too aged to climb up the hill. 1983: cross renovated with 40 tons of chalk.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Lenham Parish Council
Reference
  • Kent Messenger 8 Aug. 2008 '25 years ago'

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