Liverpool Cenotaph

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Memorial type
Lost
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County
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Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 11 November 1930
  • Rededicated : 10 November 1946

Current location

St Georges Hall,Lime Street,Liverpool,Liverpool,Merseyside,L2,England
OS Grid Ref.: SJ 349 907
Denomination: Unknown

Description

LONG LOW ALTAR WITH BRONZE RELIEF PANELS ON EITHER SIDE. WEST RELIEF PANEL DEPICTS STYLISED RANKS OF SOLDIERS ON 'THE MARCH TO ACTION OF THE FIGHTING SERVICES'. EAST RELIEF PANEL DEPICTS 'THE COMMEMORATION OF ARMISTICE DAY'. AGAINST A BACKGROUND, ON WHICH THE HEADSTONES OF A MILITARY CEMETERY ARE INDICATED, MOURNING FIGURES ARE GROUPED ABOUT A STONE OF REMEMBRANCE. EACH END OF THE CENOTAPH IS MARKED BY A SYMBOL OF DEFENCE, A BRONZE CIRCULAR SHIELD BEARING THE CIVIC ARMS OF LIVERPOOL AND BY PENDANT BRONZE FESTOONS WITH THE DATES 1914-1919 INSCRIBED BENEATH.

Inscription

WEST: AS UNKNOWN AND YET WELL KNOW; AS DYING, AND BEHOLD WE LIVE/ OUT OF THE NORTH PARTS....A GREAT COMPANY AND A MIGHTY ARMY EAST: TO THE MEN OF LIVERPOOL WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/AND THE VICTORY THAT DAY WAS TURNED INTO MOURNING UNTO ALL THE PEOPLE NORTH AND SOUTH FACES: 1914 - 1919/ 1939 - 1945

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Component

Base
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth 15FT , width 61FT
Materials: Stone - York
Listed?: No

Component

Cenotaph
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth 4570MM , height 3350MM , width 18600MM
Materials: Stone - Stancliffe
Listed?: No

Component

Sculpture
Condition: Good
Measurements: width 31FT
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 11 November 1930
Attended by: EARL (17TH) OF DERBY

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: 10 November 1946
Attended by: Lord Mayor of Liverpool

History

2013 Nov. Grade I listed Grade II listed. Grant Application April 2004 1926: Competition to design the memorial. 257 Competitors from the UK, France and Canada took part. 767 drawings were submitted and 39 models (Archer, 2009). Liverpool architect Lionel Budden was the successful candidate.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Corporate, public
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL

Notes

See also 'Well I never noticed that', Part 1 of 'The statues and monuments of Liverpool & Bootle' by Andrew F Richardson (cutting in file), and numerous references in Cavanagh(detailed above) p.102. File also contains wealth of copied documents.

Reference

SCULPTURE ON MERSEYSIDE by CURTIS, P 6 Source: Image Library Published:TATE GALLERY 1988 LIVERPOOL

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 153,154 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK

Reference

WAR MEMORIALS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT by BORG, ALAN 132 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:LEO COOPER 1991 LONDON

Reference

WAR MEMORIALS by WHITTICK, A 6,18,43 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:COUNTRY LIFE 1946 LONDON

Reference

Public Sculpture of Britain Liverpool (c1997) pp.98-102

Reference

The Times 12 Nov. 1930 p.9

Reference

War Memorials Trust Bulletin No.60 p.3 (Feb. 2014) Published:War Memorials Trust London Colour photograph of Cenotaph, which had recently been upgraded to Grade I, making it one of only three war memorials with that grade.

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