Bevans War memorial in Northfleet Cement Works is a Grade 11 Listed monument and was designed by Francis William Doyle-Jones (1873-1938).
The memorial is in the form of a seated Britannia designed in the Art Deco style, in robes and armour with crested helmet, her cloak draped over the back of her throne. Symmetrical, she sits very upright, her gaze directly forwards, forearms resting on the arms of her throne.
The throne stands on a cubed plinth displaying a bronze plaque to the front with the inscription 'GREAT WAR 1914-1918/EMPLOYEES OF BEVANS WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE/(names)/THEIR NAMES LIVETH FOR EVERMORE' and listing the names and occupations of the fallen. The plinth rests on a two tier square concrete base.
HISTORY: Thomas Bevan (1829-1907) founded the cement works in the late C19. The memorial lists those employees of Bevans cement works who lost their lives in the First World War. Doyle-Jones also designed the bronze Partick and Whiteinch War Memorial, Victoria Park, Glasgow (1922).
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: War memorials qualify for listing because of their strong historical and cultural significance in both a local and a national context. This is a striking example of unusual Art Deco war memorial that is made of concrete, appropriately honouring the employees of the Northfleet Cement Works who died in WWI.
Information from Enlgish Heritage records.
To view the names listed on the memorial please click here NORTHFLEETBEVANWORKS.PDF