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Scarthin War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Cromford, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.1091 / 53°6'32"N

Longitude: -1.5615 / 1°33'41"W

OS Eastings: 429453

OS Northings: 356966

OS Grid: SK294569

Mapcode National: GBR 599.21K

Mapcode Global: WHCDV.Z3LV

Entry Name: Scarthin War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 July 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1436124

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: Matlock Bath Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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


The war memorial stands in Scarthin, to the north of the pond. It is within Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. It comprises a well-proportioned Hopton stone pillar, square on plan, with a stepped and chamfered base and shallowly-corniced cap. The pillar is surmounted by a small pedestal bearing an electrical lamp standard. The memorial is enclosed by low metal railings at its foot.

The principal dedicatory inscription on the front face of the pillar reads ERECTED/ TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF SCARTHIN,/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE/ GREAT EUROPEAN WAR 1914-1918/ (9 NAMES)/ MAY THEIR REWARD BE AS GREAT/ AS THEIR SACRIFICE. The later inscription on the left-hand face reads 1939 – 1945/ (3 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.


Scarthin War Memorial was unveiled on 5 September 1920 by JH Toplis, a local man who had served throughout the First World War; as a Private in the Sherwood Foresters during the Gallipoli campaign, and on the Western Front in the Lincolnshire Regiment. Mr FC Arkwright presided at the ceremony and the prayer was offered by Mr ES Roworth. The memorial commemorates nine local men who died during the First World War and was paid for by public subscription. The names of three local servicemen who died during the Second World War were later added.

Reasons for Listing

Scarthin War Memorial, which stands on Promenade, Scarthin, Cromford, 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: a well-proportioned pillar bearing an elegant lamp standard;
* Group value: the memorial stands within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

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