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Speen war memorial granted listed status

Memorial's historical and architectural importance recognised

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Speen war memorial granted listed status

SPEEN War Memorial has been awarded Grade II-listed building status as part of Historic England’s First World War Commemoration project.

The memorial, situated on the junction of Speen Lane and Bath Road, commemorates the local servicemen who died in both the First and Second World Wars.

Besides the historical interest, the memorial was deemed to have architectural interest, as a brick pillar on a Portland stone base, with a carved stone cross on top.

Historic England also placed emphasis on its location, as it is surrounded by a number of other Grade II-listed buildings.

The war memorial is maintained by Speen Parish Council, and its chairwoman, councillor Sandra Larkins, said: “The awarding of the Grade II listing is a fitting tribute to the people of Speen who gave their lives for our freedom, many of whom still have relatives living in the local area.”

Councillor Alan Booth, who chaired the War Memorial Working Party on Speen Parish Council, said: “Last year we blacked the lettering on the memorial, restoring it to how it was when it was first erected, thanks to a Greenham Common Trust and West Berkshire Council grant from the Vibrant Villages fund.

“To have it recognised as a Grade II-listed structure is very satisfying for the council and excellent for the area.”

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