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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
South Lakeland
Town
Grasmere
County
Cumbria
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
WILLIAM GERSHOM COLLINGWOOD (Designer)
W Bromley of Keswick (Builder)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 13 May 1921
    Attended by: Bishop of Carlisle
  • Dedicated
    Date: 13 May 1921
    Attended by: Bishop of Carlisle
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
4186
Current location

Outskirts of village
Recreation Park
Grasmere
South Lakeland
Cumbria
LA22 9TA
England

OS Grid Ref: NY 33853 07788
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Cross with a wheel head of pre-Norman type, carved front, back and sides with runic knot work, T and T and key patterns from ancient Cumberland and Westmorland crosses. The front has panels which symbolise peace and victory, a dove bearing an olive branch, and a Hart, an emblem of right, trampling upon the servant of evil (as can be seen on the Gosforth cross). The front face of the cross is decorated with carved Scandinavian interlace designs around a central boss in the cross-head. The cross surmounts a rectangular tapered shaft which has designs incorporating panels which symbolise peace and victory, a dove bearing an olive branch, a herringbone design panel, and a stag trampling upon the serpent of evil, a traditional motif for the Christian conquest over sin and error.
Inscription
IN HONOUR OF THE MEN/OF GRASMERE WHO/FOUGHT AND IN EVER/THANKFUL MEMORY/OF THE MEN WHO DIED/FOR GOD, FOR KING, FOR HOME/FOR FREEDOM, PEACE & RIGHT/IN THE GREAT WAR/1914-1918/1939-1945/THE IMMORTAL DEAD/THESE DIED IN WAR THAT WE AT PEACE MIGHT LIVE/THESE GAVE THEIR BEST, SO WE OUR BEST SHOULD GIVE/NOT FOR THEMSELVES, FOR FREEDOM, HOME AND RIGHT/THEY FOUGHT AND BID US FORWARD TO THE FIGHT/H.D.C./SEE YE TO IT THAT THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN Tree Plaque-THIS TREE WAS PLANTED/ON THE 19TH AUGUST 1995/TO MARK THE 50TH/ANNIVERSARY OF THE/END OF WW II
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
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: depth 650MM, height 2500MM, width 1000MM
    Materials: Stone - Green Westmorland
Listing information
  • Grasmere 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
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

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