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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Preston
Town
Preston
County
Lancashire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
George Longden and Son Ltd, MR EDWARD OWEN GRIFFITH, J W Singer and Sons Ltd, HENRY ALFRED PEGRAM RA, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott ARA RA
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 13 June 1926
    Attended by: Admiral of the Fleet Earl Jellicoe of Scapa G.C.B. , O.M., G.C.V.O
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
544
Current location

Cenotaph
Market Square
Preston
Preston
Lancashire
PR1 2EL
England

OS Grid Ref: SD 53989 29458
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A cenotaph mounted onto a tall column. At the base of the column is a carved depiction of 'victory', with arms raised and holding laurel wreaths. There are small figures at the base representing those who died pleading for acceptance of their sacrifice. Surmounted by pediment which is supported by columns. There are also flag poles either side of the monument. Cherubs and swags of foliage at the top of the pillar.
Inscription
BE EVER MINDFUL OF THE MEN OF PRESTON/WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WARS/ 1914-1918 1939-1945/ THIS LAND INVIOLATE YOUR MONUMENT
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
Components
  • Pillar
    Measurements: height 70FT
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Base
    Measurements: height 70FT, width 40FT
    Materials: Stone - Portland
Listing information
  • Preston War Memorial
  • 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
PLANS IN EARLY 1980S TO SURROUND WITH RAILINGS.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference
  • Departments HU 59781/WM1448
  • Document CNP/6/20 at Preston Archives- A Record of the Committees, Collectors and Subscribers to the Preston War Memorial Fund
  • CAMPAIGN PRESERVES HONOUR OF WAR DEAD - Lancs. Evening Post - 21 July 1982
  • The War Memorial is unvieled by the late Lord Jelicoe - Images -Evening Post - 13 June 1926
  • THEY ALL WENT TO HONOUR THE TOWNS WAR DEAD - Evening Post - 21 July 1926
  • CROWDS HONOUR BRAVE WAR DEAD - Evening Post - Monday November 12 1990
  • BARRIER PLAN TO PROTECT CENOTAPH - Lancashire Evening Post - Preston Lancashire
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) SCOTT RAN [142] (1-22)
  • AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 139-140. Pg. 262-3. Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK
  • Unveiling Programme/ Order of Service 13th June 1926

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