A memorial unveiled by George Cadbury’s wife, Dame Elizabeth, to honour brave Bournville men who died during the First World War has been awarded special status.
The Bournville Cross has received Grade II listing following a decision by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to see it formally recognised.
Unveiled 93 years ago, the memorial has now been placed on the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest – celebrating its historic importance and offering it special protection for the future.
Gillian Ellis, Heritage Manager at Bournville Village Trust, which manages the Bournville estate, said: “We are really pleased to see the Bournville Memorial Cross receive Grade II listing.
“Whilst it is already a much-loved and respected memorial in the village, it’s fantastic to see its historic and architectural importance recognised more widely.
“The listing will ensure that it is fully protected now and in the future, meaning that the sacrifices made by Bournville people will never be forgotten.”
Alan Shrimpton, whose great uncle Herbert Shrimpton died at Ypres and is commemorated on the memorial, said: “At the time of the First World War, Bournville was still a fairly small place and almost every street had multiple deaths.
“My family on both my mother’s and father’s side all worked at Cadburys and I am very pleased to see ours and other families loss protected and remembered for ever.”
The Bournville Memorial, off Sycamore Road, is a lantern cross in the medieval style which was was funded by people in the village at the time.
It was unveiled on July 25, 1923 by George Cadbury’s wife, and well-known philanthropist, Dame Elizabeth Cadbury at a ceremony led by local clergy.
In October 2000, it was proposed that the lettering and inscriptions on the memorial, which had become eroded over time, be re-cut. A fundraising appeal was launched and over £14,300 was raised to restore it.
Following its restoration, the memorial was re-dedicated by Reverend Peter Babington on 25 July 2003.
Three war memorials in Birmingham are among the latest to be listed over the last year through Historic England’s pledge to protect 2,500 memorials by 2018, marking the centenary of the First World War.
These include the Bournville Memorial Cross, Bartley Green War Memorial and Harborne War Memorial.