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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Sunderland
Town
Houghton Le Spring
County
Tyne And Wear
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
MR FRANCIS W DOYLE JONES (Designer)
MR FRANCIS W DOYLE JONES (Sculptor)
William Kilpatrick & Co of Manchester (Builder)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 7th November 1925
    Attended by: Earl of Durham
  • Faculty Granted
    Date: 1 May 1925
    Attended by: Undefined
  • Dedicated
    Date: 7 Nov 1925
    Attended by: Rev. R. Watson, Rector of Houghton.
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
17830
Current location

St Michael and All Angels Churchyard
Church Street
Houghton Le Spring
Sunderland
Tyne And Wear
DH4 4DN
England

OS Grid Ref: NZ 34157 49799
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Cenotaph 18 feet 6 inches high, standing on two steps. On the right hand side is a soldier carved in half relief, on the left is a sailor, both about 4 feet high. The front of the top is carved to resemble a cross of St. Cuthbert in half relief, with the words “Our Glorious Dead” below. Beneath this, the names are listed in three columns, on both front and back faces in Roman capitals.
Inscription
EAST AND WEST FACE: OUR GLORIOUS DEAD / (NAMES) NORTH AND SOUTH FACE: 1914 - 1919
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adamson, D F
Addison, W
Ahearne, P
Allan, R
Anderson, R
Appleby, N
Aungles, W
Bainbridge, J
Bainbridge, T S
Balmer, P
See details for all 236 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 236
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 236
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
Listing information
  • Houghton-le-Spring War Memorial
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
The war memorial now appears to have been stained from the large sycamore trees growing nearby and many of the inscribed names on the top half of the rear side are fading away. In early 2012 a small sample of names was re-carved (PRICE J., PURVIS J., PURVIS, R. and QUINN A.) on a cleaned corner and made an impressive contrast to the other panels.
Costs

Memorial: £700

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
City of Sunderland Council. The memorial was officially handed over to the Urban District Council at the unveiling ceremony
Reference
  • Darlington & Stockton Times 14/11/1925 reports unveiling
  • Website about the memorial-www.houghtonlespring.org.uk/articles/houghton_cenotaph.htm
  • www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=7509
  • Tyne and Wear Archives Draft lists of names for 1914-18 and 1939-45 Ref: C/HS2/42 3-5
  • Durham County Advertiser 25/1/1924 reports proposals
  • Houghton-le-Spring in old photographs Volume 1, by Paul Lanagan. Published by Books of the North; 2010; ISBN-13: 978-0-9555059-3-5
  • Illustrated Chronicle 3/9/1924 carries sketch of proposed memorial

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