War memorial given special recognition

Brackley War Memorial.'100217M-C302
Brackley War Memorial.'100217M-C302

The war memorial in Brackley has been given Grade II listing by the Secretary of State at the Department of Culture Media and Sport, following a recommendation from English Heritage.

The memorial is in the Market Place facing the Grade II* listed Town Hall

“I am delighted with the recognition for this historic monument and as a member of the Brackley branch of the Royal British Legion, felt it was a timely tribute to all those Brackley men who have their lives for their country.”

Brackley mayor Elaine Wiltshire

In its letter, English Heritage said: “Listing helps us to mark a building’s significance and celebrate its special architectural and historic interest. It brings specific protection so that its special interest can be properly considered in managing its future.

“Brackley’s ambitious war memorial, remembering those from the parish who fell in the First World War, was erected in 1920.

“The names of those lost in later conflicts have been added.

“It occupies a prominent location in the centre of Brackley and, although it has been moved a short distance from its original position, this has lent the memorial considerable group value with the Grade II* listed Town Hall. Overall, 
it is considered that the memorial has special architectural and historical interest and meets the criteria for listing.”

Brackley Mayor, Councillor Elaine Wiltshire, welcomed the news and said she was: “Delighted with the recognition for this historic monument and, as a member of Brackley Branch of the Royal British Legion, felt that it was a timely tribute to all those Brackley men who gave their lives for their country”.