Derbyshire War Memorials
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J A Smith

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial pulpit commemorating J A Smith in St John the Baptist's Chapel, Belper, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Plaque Next of kin memorial plaque Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St John the Baptist's
 Chapel Heritage Centre
St John's Road
Belper
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 1HX

NGR:
SK 35243 47532
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The plaque and next of kin memorial plaque are mounted on a wooden door in the north wall.
Type
Overall type: Pulpit.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.

Description:

Originally a panelled wooden pulpit, now lost, with an attached brass plaque. Subsequent to the removal of the pulpit the plaque was mounted on the adjacent door and supplemented by a framed next of kin memorial plaque. The plain oblong plaque has an incised inscription in mixed styles of upright lettering and is mounted on a wooden backboard with moulded borders. It is accompanied by the framed and glazed plaque (Death Penny) awarded to the next of kin of John Afred Smith.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Pulpit Wood - - - Lost
Plaque Brass 90 1400 2 Fair
Backboard Wood 130 185 25 Fair
Next of kin
memorial plaque
Bronze 120 dia c5 Fair
Frame Wood, glass, card 255 205 20 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
In loving memory of
J. A. SMITH
who fell in action
in the Great War
11th December 1917
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 1 1
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 1 1
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be Belper Town Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Belper Parish Council; Belper Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Belper Town Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
c1922: The pulpit was donated by Mr and Mrs J A Smith in memory of their son.

3 February 1966: The chapel was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1335668.

1970s: The chapel became redundant and was converted to become the offices of the Belper Town Council and a Heritage Centre. It is presumed that the pulpit was removed at that time, and the plaque transferred to the adjacent door.

1975-1992: The chapel lies within the Belper and Milford Conservation area designated and extended during that period.

December 2001: The chapel lies within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site inscribed on that date.

23rd January, 2013: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
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