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Memorial details

Memorial type
Park / Sports field
District
Allerdale
Town
Cockermouth
County
Cumbria
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Cockermouth Urban District Council Parks Department
Ceremony
  • Opened
    Date: 11 Aug 1956
    Attended by: Cllr Lt. Col. Arnold Chicken (former chairman of Cockermouth Urban District Council)
  • Opened
    Date: 19 Jul 2010
    Attended by: HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne)-Re-opening & planting of VE/VJ Day trees
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
66935
Current location

On the North Bank of the River Derwent
across the bridge from Main Street
Cockermouth
Allerdale
Cumbria
CA13 0HR
England

OS Grid Ref: NY 11786 30830
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
TWO SLATE TABLETS ON OPPOSITE GATEPOSTS AT THE GATES TO THE GROUNDS, also wrought iron gates (these were installed sometime between 2013 and March 19th 2016) OPEN PARKLAND ALONG THE RIVERBANK, WITH A NUMBER OF SEATS. TO THE EAST OF THE BRIDGE ARE THREE TREES, PLANTED IN 2010 TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF VE/VJ DAY.
Inscription
Gates-COCKERMOUTH/MEMORIAL PARK TABLET ON LEFT HAND GATEPOST- WAR MEMORIAL/GARDENS/THESE GROUNDS WERE ACQUIRED/IN 1946 BY THE COCKERMOUTH/WAR MEMORIAL COMMITTEE.AND HANDED OVER TO THE/URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL/FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT/AND MAINTENANCE TABLET ON RIGHT HAND GATEPOST- WAR MEMORIAL/GARDENS/OFFICIALLY OPENED TO THE/PUBLIC ON THE ELEVENTH/DAY OF AUGUST 1956/BY COUNCILLOR/LT. COL./ARNOLD CHICKEN T.D.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • 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
  • Plaques
    Measurements: depth 20mm, height 460mm, width 430mm
    Materials: Slate
  • Gates
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wrought Iron
Listing information
Condition
History
The grounds were severely damaged in the catastrophic floods of 2009, and the access bridge from Main Street (Miller’s Bridge) was swept away. The planting of the trees, in 2010 (referenced above) not only marked the anniversary of VE/VJ Day, but also the reopening of Millers Bridge and of the grounds. The grounds again suffered severe damage (far worse than in 2009) during severe flooding as the result of 'Storm Desmond' in December 2015. Repairs inSpring/Summer 2017 (completed mid July) at cost of £23,316- £11,500 raised through increased council tax precept and £12,186 from the Cumbria Community Foundation flood fund. Originally these were gardens with flowers as the name suggests, now it is just an open space.
Costs

Site: £200
Comments: Land purchased from West Cumberland Rivers Catchment Board. Deeds received by CUDC on 24th May 1950.

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Allerdale District Council
Reference
  • West Cumberland News page 7/18th August 1956 and Times and Star page 8/23rd July 2010
  • Times & Star 21/7/2017 page 2b-d-for completion and cost of Storm Desmond flood repairs
  • West Cumberland Times 21 Jul 1951 page 9e for the history of the land-formed in the inter war years by the extraction of gravel fron the River to aid with flood alleviation. Over time grass naturally seeded this dumped gravel.
  • West Cumberland Times 27 May 1950 page 5h-for the handing over of the deeds by the War Memorial Committee to the Urban District Council
  • Times & Star 30/9/2016 page 9-flood repairs
  • Times & Star 25/3/2016 page 2 regarding the damage assessment
  • West Cumberland Times 13/8/1947 page 1g about land purchase
  • Times & Star 25/12/2015 page 8- regarding the flood damage, an initial statement

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