Hatfield war memorial given special listed status

The walled memorial garden situated on the east side of the Great North Road in Old Hatfield. Picture credit: Hatfield Town Council.

The walled memorial garden situated on the east side of the Great North Road in Old Hatfield. Picture credit: Hatfield Town Council.

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A war memorial in Old Hatfield has been given a special Grade II* listed status to celebrate its historic importance.

The walled memorial garden situated on the east side of the Great North Road in Old Hatfield. Picture credit: Hatfield Town Council.
The walled memorial garden situated on the east side of the Great North Road in Old Hatfield. Picture credit: Hatfield Town Council.

To commemorate the centenary of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, 15 First World War memorials across the country by one of the commission’s principal architects Sir Herbert Baker, have been listed or upgraded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.

The memorial, administered by Hatfield Town Council, opened in 1921 to commemorate 139 local servicemen who died in the First World War.

Following the Second World War, the names of 58 men and women who died during the conflict were added, and later an additional 36 names were included.

The walled memorial garden, including the cross and pavilion shelter, is situated on the east side of the Great North Road in Old Hatfield.

It includes one of Sir Herbert Baker’s cross designs incorporating his symbolic representation of England and France and a shelter pavilion, arranged within a walled garden.

The shelter pavilion houses memorial tablets with high quality carved lettering.

Sir Herbert Baker was born in Cobham in Kent in 1862 and is celebrated for designing 113 cemeteries on the Western Front including Tyne Cot near Ypres in Belgium, one of the four ‘Memorials to the Missing’ and the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world.

He is also responsible for three other ‘Memorials to the Missing’ on the Western Front and 24 war memorials in villages and towns all over England.

Councillor James Broach, mayor of Hatfield said: “Hatfield is steeped in history, the Grade II* listed status for the War Memorial further adds to the town’s heritage.

“Hatfield Town Council works hard to preserve the memorial, and recently Hatfield’s community came together to raise much-needed funding to restore the memorial column.”

For more information about the Hatfield War Memorial visit www.hatfield-herts.gov.uk/hatfield-war-memorial

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