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Memorial details

Memorial type
Hall / Institute
District
Mid Sussex
Town
Balcombe
County
West Sussex
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
LADY GERTRUDE DENMAN (Sponsor)
HON NEVILLE LYTTON (Artist)
Ceremony
  • Opened
    Date: 1923
    Attended by: LADY GERTRUDE DENMAN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
16646
Current location

The Victory Hall
Stockcroft Rd
Balcombe
Mid Sussex
West Sussex
RH17 6HP
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 30930 30580
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Hall with Roll of Honour board and decorated inside with frescoes by Neville Lytton. North wall: the Peace Wall. Portraits of known people, both from Balcombe and friends of Lady Denman and Neville Lytton. Figures include the artist playing the flute and his second wife playing guitar, their daughter, Lady Denman working on plans for the hall, and estate workers and friends. East wall: wounded soldier on a stretcher, broken trees and mine shafts, wounded German prisoners (left) and replacement British soldiers on the march (right). South wall: emphasises the pain and misery of war South West and North West corners: allegorical figures of dolor (sorrow) and spes (hope)
Inscription
THIS HALL WAS BUILT IN MEMORY OF THE BALCOMBE/ MEN WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918/ THE PEOPLE OF BALCOMBE/ UNDER THE LEADERSHIP/ OF LADY DENMAN OF BAL/ -COMBE PLACE CAUSED/ THIS HALL TO BE RAISED/ IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO/ SERVED THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR. IT WAS/ OPENED BY LORD DENMAN/ ON NOVEMBER 10TH 1923/ (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adams, J
Aubertin, G
Backshall, H
Backshall, J
Barnet, E
Beeson, N J
Billes, H
Bish, B J
Bistow, J
Booth, M Haworth
See details for all 221 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 261
    Served and returned: 221
    Died: 40
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,decorations
    Order of information: regiment,surname
Components
  • Architectural details
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Plaster
  • Board
    Measurements: height 2440MM, width 1890MM
    Materials: Wood - Oak
Listing information
Condition
History
HARD USE LED TO DAMAGE FROM DIRT AND WATER SEEPAGE. HALL THEREFORE EXTENSIVELY RESTORED WITH AN ENGLISH HERITAGE GRANT IN 1986 - 1987
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Responsibility
VICTORY HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Reference
  • NEVILLE LYTTON, THE BALCOMBE FRESCOES AND THE EXPERIENCE OF WAR 1908 - 1923 by GRIEVES, KEITH 197-211 Source: Home NIWM Published:SUSSEX ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS 134 1996 BRIGHTON

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