Belle Vue Zoological Gardens

WM reference
13127
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 7 November 1926
  • Dedicated : 7 November 1926
Current location

Near to the Chapels
Gorton Cemetery
Alvaston Road
Gorton
Manchester
Greater Manchester
England
OS Grid Ref.: SJ 880 960
Denomination: Undefined

Description

Square stone pillar with bronze relief sculpture of a bare chested female representing the figure of Peace, holding a lion cub under her right arm and a wreath in her left hand, surmounting a shield. Sculpted recumbant leopards in relief at the foot of Peace with relief musical instruments, firework rockets and pin wheels representing the occupations of the staff of the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens and Pleasure Grounds. The pillar widens towards the base in a series of ledges.

Inscription

Pillar: BELLE VUE MEMORIAL / KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE / (Names) / DIED FROM EFFECTS OF WAR / (Names)

Inscription legible?

No

Names on memorial

Commings, Joseph
Croasdale, W
Fuller, J
Graythorpe, J
Hastings, Bernard A
Hawthorne, Robert
Heathcote, H
Jennison, C
Jennison, J L
Morrey, W
See details for all 19 names

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 19
Served and returned: 0
Died: 19
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,year died,regiment,forename,place of burial,manner of death,decorations
Order of information: manner of death,rank,surname

Component

Figure
Condition: Lost
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Pillar
Condition: Unknown
Measurements: depth C 700MM, height C 2000MM, width C 700MM
Materials: Stone - Stancliffe
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 7 November 1926
Attended by: RELATIVES/FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 7 November 1926
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

History

2013: Inscription weathered and hard to read. c1960s: The bronze figure of Peace and the sculpted reliefs stolen. 1926: Belle Vue Zoological Gardens were on Hyde Road, Gorton. The memorial was unveiled in Gorton Cemetery and not in the zoological grounds.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: £140.9s.4d
Comments: None

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Corporate
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Reference

Other website http://manchesterhistory.net/bellevue/history.html

Reference

Other website http://worldwarzoogardener1939.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/%e2%80%9clost-in-the-garden-of-the-sons-of-time%e2%80%9d-remembering-the-fallen-zoo-staff-from-wartime-zoos-onremembrance-sunday-and-armistice-day-2010-in-the-wartime-zoo-gardens/

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