About the Stone Cross War Memorial

The Stone Cross War Memorial (SCWM), situated outside the south door of St. Mary’s Priory Church, Tutbury, Staffordshire, is one of the seventeen memorials to those who died or served war known to have been created in Tutbury.  Being a traditional standalone stone monument in the churchyard, built by public subscription, it is what most people in the village regard as the War Memorial.

It commemorates 47 WWI and 13 WWII Fallen and is recorded on the Imperial War Museum’s War Memorial Archive (formerly the UK National Inventory of War Memorials) as reference number 13421 and on War Memorials Online as Ref WM0110373.

CommemoratesFirst World War (1914-1918) 47 Fallen
Second World War (1939-1945) 13 Fallen
Memorial type‘Foliated sandstone cross on a six faceted tapering pillar, Shields in relief. Three figures: female angel, St. George and St. Michael’
Initiated byVillage War Memorial Committee formed by Major HL Newton in December 1918. Funding of the memorial was by public subscription
Dedicated2nd May 1920
Design and MaterialsFoliated sandstone cross on six faceted tapering pillar – Hollington stone (quarry still active).
MakerArchitects Bodley & Hare of London (ceased trading 1940) and built by Bridgeman’s of Lichfield (taken over by Linfords and then ceased trading 2011).
LetteringRaised lettering on bronze plaques
LocationSt. Mary’s Priory Church, Tutbury, Staffordshire. In curtilage of a Grade I listed building (St. Mary’s) and in a conservation area
CustodianParochial Church Council of St. Mary’s Priory Church
TimelineInitiated December 1918
Built 1919/1920
Dedicated Sunday 2nd May 1920
WWII Fallen Plaque added in 1948
Rededicated Friday 1 July 2016
MaintenanceRepaired when the cross fell off in 1982
Conserved 2012-2016
Re-dedicated1st July 2016