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Memorial Title

St James's Church

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial cross outside St James's Church at Riddings, Derbyshire..
Images

Setting Memorial WW1 WW2
Locations

Last known location:
Roadside
St James's Churchyard
Church St
Riddings
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE55 4BW

NGR:
SK 42888 52741 ±5m
Location details:
Southwest of the church, facing the road.
Type

Overall type: Cross.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible


Description:

A sandstone wheel cross on a pedestal, plinth and base. The cross has designs of bosses and interwoven strapwork in the anglo-saxon or celtic style and a tapered, mainly dressed, shaft with a white marble tablet inset near the foot. The battered pedestal has a bevelled and stepped top and a white marble tablet affixed to the 6 o'clock face. The plinth and base are vertical-sided and have bevelled tops; the plinth has a further white marble tablet affixed to the 6 o'clock face. The marble tablets have inscriptions and names inlaid in mixed styles of lettering.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Sandstone 2225 540 200 Fair
Pedestal Sandstone 910 775 610 Fair
Plinth Sandstone 305 920 750 Fair
Base Sandstone 250 1080 900 Fair
Tablet White marble 450 260 15 Fair
Tablet White marble 750 710 15 Poor
Tablet White marble 245 810 15 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

Tablet at foot of cross:
To the
Glory of God
In Memory of
the Men
of this Parish
who made the
supreme sacrifice
in
The Great War
1914-1918.
Tablet on 6 o'clock face of pedestal:
ALFRED F. AMOS.
WALTER E. AMOS.
HORACE BAILEY.
PERCY A. BARBER.
JAMES BARRON.
J HORACE BEERS.
JOSEPH BEARDALL.
JACK BOWLER.
A REG BURTON.
HERBET G. CLARKE.
HERBET CLARKE.
ERNEST CROFTS.
WILLIAM C. DANIELS.
H. LESLIE DAWES.
GERARD A. DEAN.
JOHN DENTON.
JOHN DENNIS.
EDWARD DODMAN.
HARRY DOWNING.
JOSEPH EATON.
EDWARD ENGLAND.
BERT EVERTON.
SAMUEL J. FARRELL.
MARTIN FIRMAN.
ARTHUR FOX.
ALBERT HARRISON.
WALTER HAWKER.
ROBERT HEY.
HOWARD HITCHCOCK.
STEPHEN HILL.
NORMAN J. HILL.
JOHN H. HILTON.
GEORGE HOPKINSON.
ERNALD HOLMES.
CHARLES HOUNCHAM.
EDWARD HUNT.
JOHN W. HUNT.
WILFRED HUNT.
LESLIE JEFFRIES.
BERNARD JOHNSON.
GEORGE E. LINACRE.
ALBERT MAYS.
JOHN W. MARTIN.
A. GEORGE MEADS.
GEORGE MILLWARD.
G. EDMUND R. OAKES.
H. LESLIE PARKIN.
JOSEPH H. PARKIN.
BERTIE PARKIN.
ALBERT PEAT.
THOMAS A. PEARSON.
EDDIE POOLE.
JESSIE RADFORD.
ALBERT RICHARDS.
STANLEY A. ROGERS.
CHARLES E. SADLER.
WILLIAM T. SHIPMAN.
LEONARD SHREWSBURY.
WILLIAM E. SLATER.
JACK SMEDLEY.
SAMUEL SMITH.
JOHN SNART.
RICHARD SNART.
WILLIAM G. STEVENS.
ERNEST A. STEVENS.
GEORGE STANLEY.
HERBERT TANNER.
ROBERT W. TOWNSEND.
FRED VERTIGAN.
GEORGE VERNON.
ARTHUR WADDOUPS.
GEORGE WITTLMORE.
GERARD WILD.
ERNEST WILLET.
ARTHUR WILSON.
WILLIAM HENMAN.
THEY BEING DEAD YET SPEAK.
Tablet on 6 o'clock face of plinth:
1939 — 1945
J. H. ATKINSON.
J. J. BALL.
D. A. CLARK.
A. COOPER.
S. COOPER.
L. COPE.
J. DUFFIELD.
W. H. DURON.
C. GIBBS.
A. HIBBITT.
P. HITCHCOCK.
F. W. JONES.
C. LEWIS.
R. OGDEN.
D. PASS.
L. M. RENSHAW.
J. SWINSCOE.
D. T. WALTERS.
W. A. WILLSON.
A. WRIGHT.
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM."

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 76 20
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 76 20
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Parochial Church Council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Alfreton Parish Council. Alfreton Urban District Council, Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: (Unparished); Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History

c1919: The memorial was made by E. Cope, monumental mason.

c1919: The memorial was dedicated by Rev Christian, Vicar.

Unknown date: The railings between the memorial and the road were removed (perhaps during WW2).

1940s: The WW2 tablet was added to the plinth.

4th February, 1980: The memorial lies within the Riddings Conservation Area designated on that date.

26th August, 2009: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition but many of the inlaid letters were missing from the tablets..

2009: Proposals were announced for the refurbishment of the memorial at a cost of £3,100 funded by the Community Priority Fund via Derbyshire County Council.
References

The Picture the Past site has a photograph of the unveiling ceremony.

Ripley and Heanor News, 8th June, 2009: A report on the proposed refurbishment.
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