Derby - Composite

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2226
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 11 November 1924
  • Dedicated : 11 November 1924
  • Rededicated : 28 October 1994

Current location

Paved pedestrian area,Market Place,Cathedral Quarter, Derby,Derby,Derbyshire,DE1 3AE,England
OS Grid Ref.: SK 352 363
Denomination: Unknown

Description

A sandstone ashlar monument comprising a cross on a pedestal and three-stepped base and featuring a cast bronze figure and other features. The cast bronze figure is of a mother and child and has the sculptor's and founder's names on the base. The plain wheel cross projects from both faces of a wall which has battered faces and a round arch head and forms a background for the figure on the 6 o'clock face. A bronze sword is mounted on the 12 o'clock face. The pedestal is T-shaped in plan and on the 6 o'clock face has an oblong tablet bearing the WW1 inscription and the WW2 inscription directly on the face. Both inscriptions are incised in upright capital Roman lettering. The 12 o'clock face bears two bronze plaques bearing the post 1945 and civilian inscriptions in raised upright capital Roman lettering. The three stepped base has rows of bronze studs on the upper face of each step and the upper surface of the top step has recesses normally containing flower beds but in November the flowers are replaced by turf to form plots for the placement of remembrance cross and other tributes.

Inscription

6 o'clock face, upper tablet: THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918 6 o'clock face of pedestal: FOR FAITH/ AND HOME/ AND RIGHTEOUSNESS/ WORLD WAR/ 1939 - 1945 12 o'clock face, upper plaque: IN HONOUR OF/ THOSE WHO HAVE/ FALLEN IN CONFLICT/ SINCE 1945 12 o'clock face, lower plaque: IN HONOUR OF/ THOSE CIVILIANS WHO/ LOST THEIR LIVES/ IN WAR 9 o'clock face of base of figure: A. B. BURTON./ FOUNDER. 3 o'clock face of base of figure: G A WALKER. Sc./ 1924

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Post-1945 war or conflict
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

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

Second World War - civilians
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 5100mm , height 540mm , width 5000mm
Materials: Stone - Sandstone
Listed?: No

Component

Cross
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth c700mm , height c3400mm , width c1800mm
Materials: Stone - Sandstone
Listed?: No

Component

Detail
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth c100mm , height c3000mm , width c1500mm
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Figure
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth 1000mm , height c2400mm , width 530mm
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Pedestal
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth 2080mm , height c1500mm , width 2000mm
Materials: Stone - Sandstone
Listed?: No

Component

Plaque
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth 10mm , height 330mm , width 540mm
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Tablet
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth 30mm , height 295mm , width 825mm
Materials: Stone - Sandstone
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 11 November 1924
Attended by: Alderman Oswald Ling

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 11 November 1924
Attended by: Bishop of Derby

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: 28 October 1994
Attended by: Bishop of Derby

History

2008: Memorial has suffered graffiti damage. Bronze studs added to the steps in August to deter misuse. 31 August 2007: Listed Grade II, Heritage List for England reference 1392237. 2007: Campaign launched in June to get protective studs placed around the memorial to prevent people sitting and skaetboarding on it. Work to be completed by Remembrance Sunday 2007. Unknown date: Memorial included on Derby City Council's Local List of features of conservation merit. The listing was subsequently superseded by Statutory Listing. 1993: Memorial dismantled, cleaned and re-erected 10m northeast of its original position as part of the Market Place townscape scheme. October 1987: The memorial lies within the City Centre Conservation Area first designated on this date. 28 October 1947: Inscription defaced by chalk marks. 1923: Originally located opposite the arched entrance to the Guildhall.

Costs

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

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Public
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Derby City Council

Notes

Many sources describe the sculpture as being of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus but the descriptive notes accompanying the unveiling programme do not mention this and describe it as "... a typical English mother [and] her son ..." The woman is wearing a loose turban and flowing robes so may be interpreted as an allegory of an English mother and son. The Souvenir of the Unveiling contains a photograph by W W Winters and a plan of the unveiling arrangements by the Borough Surveyor.

Reference

Derby Local Studies Library BA718(18181) Souvenir of ... Unveiling and Dedication ...

Reference

Winter's Collection of Derby, The Volume Two by Unknown 70 Published:The Breedon Books Publishing Company 1995 Derby Reproduction of photograph taken in 1924.

Reference

Our Blog http://ukniwm.wordpress.com/2007/07/30/derby-war-memorial-in-the-news/

Reference

An Illustrated History of Derby by Craven, Maxwell 245-6 & 265 Published:Breedon Books Publishing Unknown Derby Description and photographs.

Reference

Geograph Photograph http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/601269

Reference

Council or Committee Minutes 31 July 2007 Council Cabinet Public Realm programme 2007/08 minutes

Reference

Wikipedia Collage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Derby_War_Memorial_Collage.jpg

Reference

Nottingham Evening Post 5/ 11 November 1924 Account of unveiling.

Reference

British Resistance Organisation

Reference

Derby Daily Telegraph 1/ 29 October 1947 Report on defacing.

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

Derby Evening Telegraph 11 / 30 January 2008; 11/ 26 April 2008; 4/ 8 May 2008; 3/ 9 May 2008; 6/ 10 May 2008; 5/ 14 May 2008; 8/ 15 May 2008; 8/ 16 May 2008; 9/ 24 May 2008; 13/ 26 May 2008; 5/ 9 June 2008; 10/ 16 August 2008; 9/ 18 August 2008; 6/ 19 August 2008; 1-3/ 2 September 2008; 10/ 8 September 2008; 6/ 12 September 2008; 8/ 13 September 2008; 21/31 October 2007 Long-running debate on respect for memorial and its protection.

Reference

Derby Daily Telegraph 10/11 November 2009

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