St Albans First World War memorials given Grade II listing

PUBLISHED: 06:00 14 July 2015

Five memorials have been awarded Grade II listing as part of a centenary year project

Five memorials have been awarded Grade II listing as part of a centenary year project

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Five First World War wall-mounted memorial plaques have been awarded a Grade II listing as part of a project to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

The listing was awarded by the Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England following an approach from St Albans council.

Four of the newly-listed plaques are located in Albert Street, Lower Dagnall Street, Pageant Road and Sopwell Lane. The fifth is on the corner of Bardwell Road and Thorpe Road.

The newly-listed plaques are among 40 war memorials in St Albans and form part of a unique group of 10 memorial plaques located in streets within the parish of St Albans Abbey.

Each one lists the names of men who died in the war and who lived in the street in which they are located. They are unusual because they are attached to the homes of some of the men who lost their lives in the war.

The council’s planning portfolio holder for planning and conservation, Cllr Julian Daly, said: “St Albans is steeped in history and the Grade II listing for these five war memorials highlights the importance of our heritage. These plaques provide a moving memorial to the tragic impact of world events on ordinary people and the sacrifices the community made during the First World War.”

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