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Marsden War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Colne Valley, Kirklees

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.6 / 53°36'0"N

Longitude: -1.924 / 1°55'26"W

OS Eastings: 405123

OS Northings: 411498

OS Grid: SE051114

Mapcode National: GBR HV0T.76

Mapcode Global: WHB91.FS00

Entry Name: Marsden War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 January 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1421141

Location: Kirklees, HD7

County: Kirklees

Electoral Ward/Division: Colne Valley

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Marsden

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Marsden St Bartholomew

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Summary

War memorial erected in 1922. Designed and commenced by Joseph Thewlis, of Leeds (1862-1921), on whose death the work was completed by WH Wilkinson, sculptor, of Birmingham.

Description

MATERIALS: Portland stone

DESCRIPTION: the memorial occupies a prominent raised area in the south-east of the park. It stands on a circular stone platform and consists of a tall square shaft on a pedestal, a moulded base and a stepped plinth. The shaft has a deep moulded cornice; above is a swagged sarcophagus surmounted by an eternal flame. It is flanked by rectangular pedestal wings upon which are recumbent lions. 

The north and south faces of the pedestal are convex, each with a swagged cartouche inscribed 'PAX'. The north face is inscribed: 'IN HONOUR OF / THOSE WHO FOUGHT / IN SYMPATHY WITH / THOSE WHO SUFFERED / AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF / THOSE WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR / 1914 1918'. The south face is inscribed: 'IN PROUD AND / THANKFUL MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF MARSDEN / WHO FELL IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1914 1918 / REST ETERNAL / GRANT THEM LORD.' Affixed to the north and south faces of the wings are four polished granite plaques inscribed with the names of the fallen of the First World War, 138 in total. The north face of the base, below the pedestal, is inscribed 'AND IN / 1939 1945' with plaques to either side with 34 names of those who fell in the Second World War.

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, 31 January 2017.

History

The memorial was paid for by public subscription. It was unveiled on 19 August 1922 by Miss Robinson and dedicated by the Rev. CEG Spencer, Vicar of Marsden.

Reasons for Listing

Marsden War Memorial, erected in 1922, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural interest: an imposing classical composition which forms a prominent landmark in Marsden Park;
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20.

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