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War Memorial Cross, Thornley Village (Thornley, Wear Valley)

Stone cross of Blomfield type on a triangular roadside island site at the north west outskirts of the village. Cross stands on a two-tier octagonal pedestal resting on three shallow octagonal steps, the whole enclosed with iron railings and a gate. Front face of the cross carries a large bronze sword pointing downwards, the hilt and guard oriented the same as the arms of the cross. Dedication is carried on the front face of the upper pedestal section: "In / thanksgiving / to God / for Victory / and / to the / memory of / our valiant / dead / 1914-1918". The two adjacent faces bear the names of First World War dead in single columns whilst the rear face carries the names of WW2 dead in a single column. Unveiled in the mid-1950's. (1-2)

Reference number:D49758
Historical period: First World War (1914 to 1918)
Mid 20th Century (1933 to 1966)
Second World War (1939 to 1945)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1440578

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