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Memorial details

Memorial type
Clock or clock tower
District
Sunderland
Town
Easington Lane
County
Tyne And Wear
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Jonathan Coxon, chief architect to Lambton and Hetton Colliery Co (Designer)
LISTER AND SONS LTD (Makers)
Ceremony
  • Foundation Stone
    Date: 28th August 1920
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Unveiled
    Date: 27th August 1921
    Attended by: Lord Joicey, Chairman of Lambton & Hetton Collieries Ltd.
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
48329
Current location

High Street
30 metres west of junction with Elemore Lane
Easington Lane
Sunderland
Tyne And Wear
DH5 0JW
England

OS Grid Ref: NZ 36346 46058
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Sandstone Clock tower, square, 55 feet high, 12 feet square at base, of six stages. It has an ogee -shaped leaded dome and weathervane. The clock is in the second stage from the top. There are several plaques in the walls at ground level bearing different inscriptions. In each wall is an arched recess containing a panel of polished marble bearing the names in two columns using sans serif capitals.
Inscription
FOUNDATION STONE ONE: THIS STONE WAS LAID BY JAMES ROBSON - DURHAM FOUNDATION STONE TWO: THIS STONE WAS LAID BY J. C. JOICEY ESQ. - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE FOUNDATION STONE THREE: LEST WE FORGET/ AUGUST 28TH 1920 FOUNDATION STONE FOUR: THIS STONE WAS LAID BY AUSTIN KIRKUP ESQ./ MANOR HOUSE PENSHAW FOUNDATION STONE FIVE: THIS STONE WAS LAID BY THOMAS (...) STONE: THIS MEMORIAM UNVEILED BY LORD JOICEY/ AUGUST 27TH 1921 TABLET: In memory of / the fallen / and in honour of / the returned members of all / H.M. Forces / of Easington Lane / who served in the / Two World Wars (Names) /1939-1945/[names]/1914-1918/[names]
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adams, J
Anderson, T F C
Appleby, G
Atkinson, J
Bagley, F
Ball, T
Barlow, Jno
Barnfather, A
Barnfather, J
Bell, Geo
See details for all 185 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 158
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 158
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: surname, initials of forename
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 29
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 29
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, decorations
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Clock
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone, Marble
Listing information
  • MONUMENT 30 METRES WEST OF JUNCTION WITH ELEMORE LANE
  • 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
1995: REPAIRS CARRIED OUT ON THE CLOCK
Costs

Site: NIL
Comments: Site given by H. F. Bowes-Lyon
Memorial: £2,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Details: The clock tower memorial was fully funded by the Joicey family, owners of the local colliery. Clock tower memorials are very rare in Britain, a few exist in the Cynon Valley of South Wales - a mining area and also along the A.5 road in Anglesey - LlanfairPG, Gwalchmai and Llanfaelog (Rhosneigr). Information from people at Durham Miners' Gala 13/07/2019. The memorial also features on the official community banner and this paraded each year at the Gala and on Remembrance Day. (see image)
Reference
  • www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=7186
  • Memorial referred to in local history book "Easington Lane"
  • Picture of the memorial being built in the book "Built on Coal" , author J.R.Sanderson
  • Sunderland Echo 27/8/1921 p.3.; 29/8/1921 p.3.
  • Auckland and County Chronicle 2/9/1920 reports laying of foundation stones; 1/9/1921 reports unveiling.

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