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Description: Radcliffe Cenotaph
Date Listed: 10 March 1992
English Heritage Building ID: 210777
OS Grid Reference: SD7837107362
OS Grid Coordinates: 378371, 407362
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5624, -2.3280
The following building shall be added:
SD 7807 RADCLIFFE BLACKBURN STREET
326-0/7/10003 Radcliffe Cenotaph
Cenotaph. 1922, by Sydney Marsh of Marsh Bros, Farnborough, Kent;
site designed by A. Baines Barker of London; stonework executed
by F.M. & H Nuttall Ltd of Whitefield. Darley Dale sandstone with
bronze statuary. Obelisk set on a square raised terrace with
surrounding walls and steps. The monument has a square base of
7 steps, a cruciform pedestal, and an obelisk which rises to 35
feet above street level. The 4 main faces of the pedestal have
large square bronze panels containing in relief 642 names of the
fallen of 1914-1918; the narrow re-entrant sides have matching
rectangular panels of names headed 1939-1945. The front of the
obelisk has a sword with a laurel wreath round the handle; its
base is surrounded by statuary on three sides, and a bronze
cartouche at the rear with "TO OUR/ GLORIOUS / DEAD / 1914-1918"
in raised lettering, and the Radcliffe coat of arms in the crest.
The statues, three large winged female figures modelled in
energetically flowing style, are emblematic of Liberty, Victory
and Peace: Victory, standing in the centre, holds Liberty by one
hand and in the other exultantly holds up the laurel emblem of
conquest; Liberty to the left breaks free, raising a flaming
torch; and peace to the right reclines on one leg, with roses of
remembrance in her lap, listening to the message of a dove
perched on her shoulder. The terrace is approached by a flight
of 4 broad steps from Blackburn Street, and enclosed by ashlar
walls which have tall bronze open-work lamp standards at the
corners. To each side is a simple rectangular garden surrounded by
a low plinth with square piers at intervals, linked by chains.
Listing NGR: SD7837107362
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Source: English Heritage
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