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Standish Pillar War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Standish with Langtree, Wigan

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.5846 / 53°35'4"N

Longitude: -2.6602 / 2°39'36"W

OS Eastings: 356388

OS Northings: 409981

OS Grid: SD563099

Mapcode National: GBR 9VVZ.VR

Mapcode Global: WH97R.35H9

Entry Name: Standish Pillar War Memorial

Listing Date: 28 April 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1426126

Location: Wigan, WN6

County: Wigan

Electoral Ward/Division: Standish with Langtree

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Standish

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Standish St Wilfrid

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Summary

First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The war memorial was built in the centre of a small triangular garden, which had been created as a memorial to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The garden retains the Grade II-listed Jubilee Drinking Fountain. The war memorial is made of polished red granite. It comprises an urn which stands on a squat column, with a square three-stage stone pedestal on two steps. It is just over 2m tall. The inscription on the front of the pedestal reads:

(upper stage) STANDISH/ WAR MEMORIAL./ 1914-1919.

(middle stage) THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

(lower stage) SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939-45/ ROLL OF HONOUR

The names are inscribed on the remaining faces of the plinth.

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, 30 January 2017.

History

The war memorial in remembrance of the men of Standish lost in the First World War was unveiled on 17 April 1920. Further inscriptions and names were added after the Second World War. The Jubilee Memorial Garden in which it stands was restored in 2004 at the instigation of the local Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Reasons for Listing

Standish Pillar War Memorial, which stands in the Jubilee Memorial Garden at the junction of High Street and Church Street, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Group value: with the Grade II-listed Jubilee Drinking Fountain.

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