East Grinstead Society

High Street War Memorial Grade II Listing

The Society’s application to have the High Street War Memorial listed has been declared successful. The principal reasons given by Historic England for granting Grade II status were:

      Historic interest – as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the 20th Century;
      Design/Aesthetic interest – as a well-designed and intact memorial of local materials in its original design and location by the celebrated sculptor Ernest G Gillick;
      Group value – for its aesthetic relationship with other Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings and structures which stand along the High Street of East Grinstead.

Historic England also commented on the good quality of the War Memorial and the additional interest given by the later slab commemorating Private Sidney Godley, the first non-commissioned officer to be awarded the Victoria Cross.