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Memorial
Title
Milford - Cross
Images
Setting Monument Inscription Plaque a Plaque b Plaque c
Plaque d Plaque e Wall Tablets a and b Tablets c and d Tablets d and e
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
Junction of
 Derby Rd (A6)
 and Hopping Hill
Milford
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 0RL

NGR:
SK 35085 45365 (from online digital mapping.)
Location details:
On the eastern side of Derby Rd opposite the entrance to Holy Trinity Church.
Type
Overall type: Cross.


Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible.

Description:

A sandstone cross on an octagonal pedestal, three stepped base and plinth with a series of bronze plaques mounted on the pedestal and accompanied by limestone tablets on an adjacent wall. 

The potent cross is octagonal in section with a sword of peace in relief on the 6 o'clock face of the tapered shaft which has a moulded octagonal foot comprising a base and plinth. The cross surmounts a plain octagonal pedestal with an incised inscription on the 6 o'clock face in upright capital lettering. The pedestal surmounts a plain octagonal three stepped base on an octagonal plinth.

Five bronze plaques on the faces of the pedestal have plain narrow raised borders and bear the names of the fallen in raised upright capital roman lettering.

The whole is surrounded by a dwarf sandstone ashlar wall which previously bore railing, now removed.

An adjacent sandstone ashlar wall bears a moulded sandstone frame containing five limestone tablets bearing the names of those who served in WW1 inlaid in upright capital block lettering.


Components:


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Sandstone c3400 c1000 400 Good
Base Sandstone 350 480 420 Good
Plinth Sandstone 145 530 490 Good
Pedestal Sandstone 715 2200 2100 Good
Base Sandstone 760 2200 2100 Good
Plinth Sandstone 100 2900 2700 Good
Plaque Bronze 570 300 10 Good
Plaque Bronze 570 300 10 Good
Plaque Bronze 570 300 10 Good
Plaque Bronze 570 300 10 Good
Plaque Bronze 570 300 10 Good
Wall Sandstone 510 c5000 c7000 Good
Railings Iron? - - - Lost
Wall Sandstone 2700 6300 1800 Good
Frame Sandstone 1720 2520 - Good
Tablet Limestone 1375 430 - Good
Tablet Limestone 1375 430 - Good
Tablet Limestone 1375 430 - Good
Tablet Limestone 1375 430 - Good
Tablet Limestone 1375 430 - Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face of pedestal: IN MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO FELL
1914-1919
"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"
For transcription purposes the plaques have been labelled a to e, clockwise from the 6 o'clock face. Plaques a, b, c and e are for the fallen of WW1; plaque d is for those of WW2. The tablets are labelled a to e, left to right, for those who served in WW1

Plaque a:

(WW1 Names)

Plaque b:

(WW1 Names)

Plaque c:

(WW1 Names)

Plaque e:

(WW1 Names)

Plaque d:

(WW2 Names)

Frame:

ROLL OF HONOUR

Tablet a:

(WW1 Names)

Tablet b:

(WW1 Names)

Tablet c:

(WW1 Names)

Tablet d:

(WW1 Names)

Tablet e:

(WW1 Names)

Conflicts and people commemorated

Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died  57 7
Number served and returned 250 0
Total names 307 7
Administration
Custodians:-

Local Authorities:
After WW1: Milford Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council
After WW2: Milford Parish Council; Belper Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council
From 1974: Belper Town Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
c1926: The memorial is believed to have been constructed.

13th December, 1979: The memorial was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1335718.

16th July 2003: The memorial lies within the Belper and Milford Conservation Area last modified on that date. Article 4 restrictions may apply to the site.

December 2001: The memorial lies within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site inscribed in that month.

13th August, 2014: An attempt was made to steal one of the plaques, which was removed but abandoned nearby. All plaques were subsequently remounted with improved security features.

4th March, 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition.
References
The Geograph web page has a photograph of the cross taken in 2005.

The Geograph web page has a photograph of the cross taken in 2011.

The Flickr web page has a photograph of the cross taken in 2012.

Belper news; 25th August, 2014: An article on the recent attempted theft of a bronze plaque from the memorial. The article was carried on the newspaper's web page.
Comments
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