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Allestree War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Allestree, City of Derby

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9537 / 52°57'13"N

Longitude: -1.4839 / 1°29'1"W

OS Eastings: 434772

OS Northings: 339715

OS Grid: SK347397

Mapcode National: GBR PH2.TJ

Mapcode Global: WHDGT.50NY

Entry Name: Allestree War Memorial

Listing Date: 22 March 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1432399

Location: Derby, DE22

County: City of Derby

Civil Parish: Non Civil Parish

Unitary Authority Ward: Allestree

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Allestree St Edmund

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Summary

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

Description

The war memorial is sited in the churchyard of St Edmund’s church (Grade II*), Allestree, and is set back slightly beside the path from the lychgate to the church door. It is carved mainly from Aberdeen granite and takes the form of a Celtic cross, with the interlaced decoration on the west face of the cross only. The shaft and battered plinth on which it stands are of rough-hewn granite. The 16 names of those who died in the First World War are inscribed on two panels on the west face of the plinth, and a stone slab at the base of the plinth bears the names of those who died in the Second World War. Inscribed on the base of the cross shaft in black lettering, are the words THE GLORIOUS DEAD, below which, carved in relief, are the dates of the First World War, 1914 and 1919.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 26 January 2017.

History

The war memorial was designed by Messrs J Beresford and Son and unveiled on the 19 December 1920.

Reasons for Listing

Allestree War Memorial, unveiled in December 1920, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design interest: the interlace decoration of the Celtic cross is both attractive and familiar, while the rugged quality of the granite is appropriate to the gravity of its meaning;
* Group value: with the church of St Edmund, listed at Grade II*.

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