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Memorial details

Memorial type
Hospital / Clinic
District
Peterborough
Town
Peterborough
County
Cambridgeshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), First World War - civilians
Maker
Wallace Marchment, Robert S Jellings, Mr E.A. Spires (compiled the original Roll of Honour in the 1920s)
Ceremony
  • Foundation Stone
    Date: 25/7/1925
    Attended by: G.C.W. Fitzwilliam Esq, J.P., D.L. laid the foundation stone.
  • Opened
    Date: 28/6/1929
    Attended by: H.R.H. Prince George (later Duke of Kent) opened the Children's Wing of the Hospital.
  • Opened
    Date: 14/6/1928
    Attended by: Field Marshal Sir William Robertson B.T, G.C.E., G.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., D.S.O. ceremonially opened the main War Memorial Hospital.
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
8482
Current location

Memorial Hospital
Thorpe Road/Midland Road
Peterborough
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE3 6DD
England

OS Grid Ref: TL 18491 98694
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
When the War Memorial Hospital was built in the 1920s, its main entrance was on Midland Road. That core section was erected in the neo-Georgian style, being a two-storey building of red brick, with pantile roof and three tall brick chimney stacks. The ground-floor sash windows had 9 over 9 panels; the upper floor windows had 6 over 6 panels. Above the stone portico of the Midland Road entrance were two recessed niches. The external lintel of that doorway bears the inscription: In Remembrance, 1914-1918. The Midland Road lobby housed the inscribed foundation stone, and a further stone commemorating the opening of the Hospital in 1928. (Construction of the Hospital was not yet complete; the Children's Wing was opened the following year). By 1929 the main building had three pavilions and various other offices, including a wing for the Nurses' Home. (There were two separate outbuildings at the north end of the site, housing the laundry and the mortuary). Within the main building, a three-section bronze plaque was installed, framed by a green marble surround, recording the names of the architect and builder, and listing the major contributors to the building fund for construction of the Hospital. The Board Room housed a glazed mahogany casket, containing the Peterborough Roll of Honour. The site became West Town Primary Academy, a 600 pupil primary school and opened in November 2016, with frontage retained.
Inscription
Midland Road entrance (external lintel): IN REMEMBRANCE/ 1914 - 1918 Foundation stone: REMEMBRANCE/ GRATITUDE/ 1914-1918/ PETERBOROUGH AND DISTRICT/ THIS STONE WAS LAID BY/ G.C.W. FITZWILLIAM ESQ J.P. D.L./ JULY 25TH 1925 Commemorative stone: THIS HOSPITAL WAS OPENED BY/ FIELD MARSHAL/ SIR WILLIAM ROBERTSON, B.T.,/ G.C.E., G.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., D.S.O.,/ JUNE 14TH 1928 Three-section bronze plaque: THIS HOSPITAL/ WAS ERECTED IN 1928 AT A COST OF £90,000/ BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION FROM/ PETERBOROUGH AND DISTRICT/ AS A WAR MEMORIAL/ UPON THIS SITE WHICH WAS/ GENEROUSLY GIVEN BY/ ALDERMAN J.H. BUNTING/ AT A COST OF £5,500/ Honorary Secretary/ JOSEPH STEPHENSON, O.B.E., F.S.A.A./ Architect Builder/ WALLACE MARCHMENT F.R.I.B.A. ROBERT S. JELLINGS/ SPECIAL DONATIONS TO THE BUILDING FUND/ (List of names of contributors) Roll of Honour casket: THIS CASE/ PRESENTED BY/ WATKINS & STAFFORD LTD/ PETERBOROUGH Roll of Honour: IN SACRED AND LOVING MEMORY OF THE/ 1047 glorious men of PETERBOROUGH who laid down their/ lives in the Great War, 1914-1918, and whose names are recorded/ on this/ ROLL OF HONOUR/ and to whose/ undying fame Memorials have been erected and dedicated at the churches of St John, St Mark,/ St Paul, All Saints, St Augustine, & Barnabas, in the City of Peterborough and at the Parish churches/ of Stanground, Old Fletton, Newark & Werrington. In the Cathedral to the Collegians of St Peter's/ College, & to the Old Boys of King's School. In the Chapels of the United Methodists, at/ Boroughbury & Old Fletton, the Cobden Street Primitive Methodists, the Park Road Baptist/ Church, the Wentworth Street Wesleyans, and the Salvation Army Citadel. In the Deacon's School/ to the Old Boys of the School; outside the Guildhall to the Corporation Employees; outside the/ General Post Office to the Postal Officials, and outside the Head Office of the Co-operative/ Society to the Society's Employees./ (names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbott, Albert Edward
Abrey, William
Adams, Arthur
Adams, Charles Ernest
Adams, Percy William
Afford, George
Afford, Sam
Alderman, Alfred
Allday, Frank
Allen, Norman
See details for all 1047 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1013
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1013
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname and first name/initials; many entries also include their address, service number, rank, Regiment/Unit, date/ location/nature of death. Some burial locations are also listed.
    Order of information: Alphabetically by surname.
  • First World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: First names and surname, address, date and nature of death
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Building
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brick
  • Door
    Measurements: height 600, width 2150
    Materials: Stone
  • Foundation stone
    Measurements: height 570, width 960
    Materials: Stone
  • Other structure
    Measurements: height 570, width 960
    Materials: Stone
  • Casket / Box
    Measurements: depth 340, height 470, width 590
    Materials: Wood - Mahogany
  • Roll of honour
    Measurements: depth 10, height 300, width 440
    Materials: Paper
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Site: £5,500
Comments: Land to the value of £5,500 was donated by Alderman J.H. Bunting for the site of the Hospital. The the site was fist built upon in the 1850s. This was 4 1/2 acres with a large house, called Thorpe Lawn, a coach-house with stables, a cottage plus maltings The owner was Henry Nicholson and his wife Caroline, corn merchant and malster. It was only owned by 3 families prior to 1920 when it was owned by The British Legion and called ‘The New Legion’ and housed convalescent soldiers.
Memorial: £90,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: The three-section bronze plaque listed the major contributors to the building costs as: The Peterborough Hospital Saturday Fund £10,000 The Soke of Peterborough Red Cross Committee £10,769 The British Red Cross Society £ 3,000 Donors to the Building Fund of £50 and upwards (list of names) Providers of equipment (list of names)
Responsibility
The Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the custodian of the Roll of Honour in its casket. Peterborough City Council is the current custodian of the bronze plaques etc.
Reference
  • Our Blog ukniwm.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/memorials-to-the-missing-of-fromelles/
  • The Peterborough & Hunts Standard: Issue 31/7/1925 (re laying foundation stone); Issue 22/6/1928 (re the opening of the Hospital); Issue 21/6/1929 (re the upcoming opening of the Children's wing); Issue 5/7/1929 (re the opening of the Children's wing).
  • The Peterborough Advertiser: Issue dated 21/2/1920 referred to the fact that Mr E.A. Spires was compiling the original Roll of Honour; Issues dated July 13th and 20th 1928, regarding the opening of the Hospital.
  • Peterborough and District Memorial New Hospital Souvenir Programme of Ceremonial Opening Thursday June 14th 1928. (A copy is held by the Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A copy is also held in the Local Studies and Archives Section at Peterborough Central Library). The programme records the background to the building of the Hospital, including details of fundraising, as well as details of the foundation ceremony and plans etc.
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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