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Cromford War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Cromford, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.1089 / 53°6'31"N

Longitude: -1.5592 / 1°33'33"W

OS Eastings: 429607

OS Northings: 356942

OS Grid: SK296569

Mapcode National: GBR 599.2M6

Mapcode Global: WHCDW.04T0

Entry Name: Cromford War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 July 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1436081

Location: Cromford, Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire, DE4

County: Derbyshire

District: Derbyshire Dales

Civil Parish: Cromford

Built-Up Area: Cromford

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Cromford St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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First World War memorial, 1919, with later additions for the Second World War.


The memorial stands in a Garden of Remembrance to the south of the junction of Market Place and Derby Road, close to Willersley Castle (Grade II) and within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. It comprises a canopied Crucifixion raised on an octagonal shaft, surmounting a rectangular pedestal on a three-stepped base. The cross head, shaft, and pedestal are in Stancliffe stone. The base is made of limestone and is surrounded by a square paved area.

The principal dedicatory inscription, in raised lettering on a bronze plaque on the front of the pedestal, reads IN/ IMPERISHABLE MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF CROMFORD/ WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919./ "THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE." The First World War names are listed on bronze plaques to the left and right sides of the pedestal. A rectangular bronze plaque fixed to the front of the upper step reads 1939 1945/ (10 NAMES).

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, 25 January 2017.


Cromford War Memorial was unveiled by Sergeant Major Gillott and dedicated by the Bishop of Southwell on 13 July 1919. Commemorating 18 local men who died during the First World War, it cost circa £260; the land and £100 were donated by Mr FC Arkwright. Following the Second World War the names of ten men who fell in that conflict were added.

Reasons for Listing

Cromford War Memorial, which stands in the Garden of Remembrance at the junction of Market Place and Derby Road, 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 local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an elegant memorial cross;
* Group value: the memorial stands to the south of Willersley Castle Grade II-registered park and within Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

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