War memorial bus shelter becomes listed building

A rustic timber bus shelter, built to commemorate the dead of the Second World War has just been awarded Grade II listed status as a war memorial.  Opened on 14 December 1949 in the Warwickshire village of Dunchurch,  it was designed to be in keeping with its surroundings.

The campaign to have the bus shelter listed began earlier this year when a report recommended that the back wall be lowered to discourage young people from congregating there.  Ironcially, back in 1949 criticism was directed at the Parish Council that they were ‘building something for courting couples’, to which the Chairman responded (to much laughter) “I hope we are“.

View UKNWIM’s record for Dunchurch and picture in Metro

Bus shelters are a relatively uncommon form of war memorial and we have currently recorded details of just 19 war memorial bus shelters.

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