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Worksop War Memorial and associated structures

A Grade II* Listed Building in Worksop South East, Nottinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.3041 / 53°18'14"N

Longitude: -1.1192 / 1°7'9"W

OS Eastings: 458792

OS Northings: 378936

OS Grid: SK587789

Mapcode National: GBR NZM7.H8

Mapcode Global: WHDF7.S67T

Entry Name: Worksop War Memorial and associated structures

Listing Date: 1 April 1985

Last Amended: 8 December 2014

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1045751

English Heritage Legacy ID: 241300

Location: Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, S80

County: Nottinghamshire

District: Bassetlaw

Electoral Ward/Division: Worksop South East

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Worksop

Traditional County: Nottinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Worksop Priory with Carburton

Church of England Diocese: Southwell and Nottingham

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Summary

War memorial. 1925. Designed by A. H. Richardson of Worksop.

Description

War memorial. 1925. Designed by A. H. Richardson of Worksop.

MATERIALS: Portland stone cenotaph on Aberdeen granite base, with bronze plaques, enclosure of iron posts and spiked chains and iron lamps.

EXTERIOR: the memorial comprises a rectangular block in two stages topped by a rectangular domed cap with moulded cornice. It is supported by diagonal flying buttresses, each with two set-offs with scrolled feet, domed caps and cross motifs. On each face of the memorial are inscribed plaques with elliptical pediments on curved brackets.
South face: THEIR NAME/ LIVETH FOR/ EVERMORE/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND TO THE EVERLASTING MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF/ WORKSOP PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ (Names)/ 1939 - 1945/ (Names)

North face: THEIR GLORY/ SHALL NOT BE/ BLOTTED OUT/ FOR GOD AND COUNTRY/ (Names)/ 1939 – 1945/KOREA 1950-1953

West face: COURAGE: (Names)

East face: FAITHFULNESS/ (Names)

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: the memorial stands within an oval kerb with dwarf railing and spiked chains. Standing to the west of the main memorial, a monument in the form of a lectern with chamfered base, cornice and scrolled brackets, with sloping plaque, commemorates the Sherwood Foresters Regiment. To the north and south are splayed, carved and panelled piers each carrying a three-branched lamp standard.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 24 January 2017.

History

Worksop’s war memorial, in remembrance of local men lost in the First World War, was unveiled on 30 May 1925 by Gen Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien and dedicated by the Rt Revd Edwyn Hoskins, Bishop of Southwell. It was designed by the architect A.H. Richardson, and made by Lidster and Brammer, all of Worksop.

The memorial was restored in 2010, and an additional memorial was added in 2012.

The cenotaph forms part of a wider memorial landscape along the contemporary Memorial Avenue, which connects the cenotaph with the Grade I Priory church, the Lady Chapel of which was restored in 1922 as a further war memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Worksop war memorial, Memorial Avenue, unveiled in 1925, is listed at Grade II* for the following principal reasons
* Architectural interest: a large-scale and architecturally ambitious war memorial;
* Context: as a key element of a wider memorial landscape, extending from the memorial, along Memorial Avenue to the Priory church;
* Architect: designed by A.H. Richardson, a Worksop architect whose work is increasingly well regarded;
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

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