Keys to the Past

War Memorial Sarcophagus, South Crescent, Fence Houses (Fence Houses)

Oblique front left side view of Fence Houses War Memorial from across road January 2017
Oblique front left side view of Fence Houses War Memorial from across road January 2017

Oblique front view of Fence Houses War Memorial with poppy wreaths January 2017
Oblique front view of Fence Houses War Memorial with poppy wreaths January 2017

Oblique front left view of Fence Houses War Memorial with poppy wreaths January 2017
Oblique front left view of Fence Houses War Memorial with poppy wreaths January 2017

Bench and left side wall of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Bench and left side wall of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

First memorial plaque on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
First memorial plaque on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Second memorial plaque on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Second memorial plaque on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Bench and right side wall of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Bench and right side wall of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Oblique front right view of Fence Houses War Memorial with poppy wreaths January 2017
Oblique front right view of Fence Houses War Memorial with poppy wreaths January 2017

Fence Houses and District Memorial Inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Fence Houses and District Memorial Inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Close up view of Fence Houses and District Memorial Inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Close up view of Fence Houses and District Memorial Inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Close up view of first memorial plaque on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Close up view of first memorial plaque on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Close up view of second memorial plaque on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Close up view of second memorial plaque on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Carving detail of stone on front right of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Carving detail of stone on front right of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Second view of bench and wall on left side of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Second view of bench and wall on left side of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Oblique left front side view of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Oblique left front side view of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Oblique left side of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Oblique left side of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Third oblique left side view of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Third oblique left side view of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Carving on left side of Fence houses War Memorial January 2017
Carving on left side of Fence houses War Memorial January 2017

Top left of left side of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Top left of left side of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Oblique left front view of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Oblique left front view of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Lest We Forget Inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Lest We Forget Inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Second oblique front left view of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Second oblique front left view of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Oblique right side of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Oblique right side of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Carving underneath inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Carving underneath inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Left side view of inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Left side view of inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Second image of left side view of inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Second image of left side view of inscription on Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Oblique front view of Fence Houses War Memorial from across road January 2017
Oblique front view of Fence Houses War Memorial from across road January 2017

Oblique front right view of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017
Oblique front right view of Fence Houses War Memorial January 2017

Sarcophagus in the style of a Greek tomb, resting on top of a freestone wall bearing dedication plaques and located in a small paved garden on the south side of South Crescent. Front face of sarcophagus carries the words "Lest We Forget" whilst the front of the wall has a plaque recessed into the face underneath a stonework gabled top. Plaque is of pink marble and dedicated to those men of Fence Houses and District who gave up their lives in the First World War and Second World War. Originally unveiled in 1922, so the 1939-1945 dates are clearly a later addition, as are two further plaques dedicated to those who have fallen 1945-present. (1-2)

Reference number:D49266
Historical period: Early 20th Century (1901 to 1932)
First World War (1914 to 1918)
Late 20th Century (1967 to 2000)
Second World War (1939 to 1945)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1436969

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