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10:01 PM 11th November 2021
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Goathland War Memorial Listed Ahead Of Armistice Day 2021

photo by Ian Rob
photo by Ian Rob
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on the advice of Historic England, has listed a First World War memorial in the village of Goathland, North Yorkshire.

The memorial stands in the village green, in the heart of the conservation area in picturesque Goathland, a popular filming location for TV and movies.

Built in the aftermath of the First World War (1914-1918), the memorial was funded by subscriptions raised from the village.
“War memorials like this tell the stories of local communities and must be protected for future generations.”

The names of 18 local men are engraved on it – 12 who lost their lives in the First World War and a further six who were added after the Second World War.

It bears the moving inscription: “TRUE LOVE BY LIFE, TRUE LOVE BY DEATH IS TRIED: LIVE THOU FOR ENGLAND. WE FOR ENGLAND DIED.”

The village itself has a strong sense of the past, with a number of listed buildings which make it a popular filming location. Goathland featured as the fictional village of Aidensfield in the television series Heartbeat, while the charming station appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Veronica Fiorato, Historic England’s Listings Team Leader, said:
“The war memorial in Goathland is among tens of thousands erected across England in memory of the many people who lost their lives in the First World War.

“In place of graves, the memorials became focal points for local communities to mourn and honour their dead. It is a permanent testament to the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the conflict and was funded by money raised from the village.

“War memorials like this tell the stories of local communities and must be protected for future generations.”

Historic England is inviting people to contribute information about the Goathland war memorial – in particular the date and details of the unveiling ceremony – by visiting Enrich the List on its website. https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/enrich-the-list/

Veronica continued:
“The impact of the pandemic has meant that we are all appreciating our local places and communities more than ever before. Discovering the stories behind war memorials, and contributing information to Historic England’s Enrich the List, will help ensure the sacrifices of those individuals are not forgotten.”

About Listing

Historic England manages the National Heritage List for England on behalf of the government and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

It identifies buildings, monuments, sites and landscapes – like the Goathland War Memorial’ - for ‘listing’, which means they receive special protection, so they can be enjoyed by people now and in the future.

In 2014, Historic England committed to listing 2,500 war memorials by the end of 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. It achieved this target, listing 2,645, but decided to continue the work as many more cherished memorials worthy of listing status were identified.