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Memorial Title

Employees of George Brettle & Co Ltd - Belper

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: A description of a WW1 war memorial plaque to the Belper employees of George Brettle & Co Ltd.
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Setting Plaque
Locations

Last known location:
Visitor Centre
Belper North Mill
Bridge Foot (A517)
Belper
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 1YD

NGR:
SK 34546 48071
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The building is also known as Strutt's North Mill. The memorial is leaning against the wall in a window recess inside the museum area.

Previous location:
George Brettle
 Hosiery Mill
Chapel St (A6)
Belper
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 1AR

NGR:
SK 34661 47281
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The company occupied extensive premises to the west of Chapel St where the supermarket and other commercial properties have now been built. The historic mill building still survives and was occupied by De Bradelei Mill after Brettles closed about 1984. It is presumed that the memorial was originally located in the surviving building and was transferred to the visitor centre at about that time.
Type

Overall type: Plaque.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

A thin pressed metal plaque finished to resemble bronze, although it probably is not. At the head is a bound laurel wreath and ribbon in relief and the inscription is in raised upright capital block lettering. The plaque is mounted on a wooden frame.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Plaque Metal 645 440 5 Fair
Frame Wood 770 570 20 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

 1914 1918 

IN GRATEFUL AND HONOURED
MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING
EMPLOYEES OF
GEORGE BRETTLE & CO. LTD.
BELPER,
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR.
    JONES MILES
    LEES CLIFFORD G.
    SELLORS CHARLES
    SKIDMORE FRED
    SPENCER GEORGE C.
    VARNEY ARTHUR

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died 6
Number served and returned 0
Total names 6
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Trustees of the Belper North Mill Trust

Local authorities:
After WW1: Belper Parish Council; Belper Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Belper Town Council, Amber Valley Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council.
History

1920s: The memorial is presumed to have been erected in the company's premises in Chapel St, Belper.

3rd February 1966: The Chapel St mill building was listed Grade II*, Heritage List for England number 1087409

3rd February, 1966: North Mill was listed Grade I, Heritage List for England number 1186846.

c1984: The memorial is presumed to have been recovered from the Chapel St building when Brettles closed. It is not known whether it was located at any intermediate sites.

December 2001: Brettles' Mill and North Mill lie within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site inscribed in that month.

16th July, 2003: North Mill lies within the Belper and Milford Conservation Area amalgamated on that date and is subject to an Article 4(2) Direction.

10th June 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
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