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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Rochdale
Town
Rochdale
County
Greater Manchester
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Post-1945 war or conflict
Maker
Sir Edwin Lutyens, Hobson of Nottingham
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 26 November 1922
    Attended by: Earl (17th) Of Derby
  • Dedicated
    Date: 26 November 1922
    Attended by: Archdeacon of Rochdale
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2022
Current location

Opposite the town hall
Memorial Gardens
The Esplanade
Rochdale
Rochdale
Greater Manchester
OL16 1AR
England

OS Grid Ref: SD 89528 13316
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Cornish granite cenotaph surmounts nine broad steps. Whole is surmounted by a sarcophagus upon which is laid to rest a recumbent figure of a fighting man. Stone of remembrance stands to the south front of the cenotaph with inscription. It all stands within a memorial garden. Two carved painted flags on each flank side with gilt bronze poles and crowns. They are the Union Jack , white ensign, red ensign and blue ensign. Two carved laurel wreaths at the base of the sarcophagus encircling the Rochdale Coat of Arms.
Inscription
Side facing town hall: THEY WERE A WALL UNTO US BOTH BY NIGHT AND BY DAY / 1 SAMUEL XXV., 16 Opposite side: TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF ROCHDALE WHO GAVE / THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR Side 3: 1914 Side 4: 1919 Plaque at the base of one side-TO ALL THOSE WHO DIED/IN THE/SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY Stone of Remembrance: THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE Metal plaque bearing the badges of the Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers-The Gardens here are dedicated to the/memory of all members/who served with these Regiments/Past & Present Stone Tablet-1914/1918 1939/1945/IN PROUD AND UNDYING/MEMORY OF ROCHDALE/MEMBERS OF/XX/THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS/WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/THAT WE MIGHT LIVE/"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Post-1945 war or conflict
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Base
    Measurements: depth 9000MM, width 19000MM
    Materials: Granite - Cornish
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: height 9600MM
    Materials: Granite - Cornish
Listing information
  • Rochdale Cenotaph
  • Grade I
  • 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
Cleaning and repainting to be carried out soon as of oct 1998. Ornamental Lamps to be restored.
Costs

Site: £12,611

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Reference
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Borough of Rochdale, Unveiling of the Rochdale War Memorial, Sunday 26th November 1922 (booklet)

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