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Memorial Title

St Lawrence's Church - Choir Stalls

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial comprising choir stalls in St Lawrence's Church, Whitwell, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Choir stalls Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
F A Pentelow J P Lindley J R Mellish J Collingham A Godley
Locations
Last known location:
St Lawrence's Church
High St (B6043)
Whitwell
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S80 4RE

NGR:
SK 52622 76831
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The choir stalls are on the south side of the chancel.
Type
Overall type: Choir stalls.


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

Description:

A pair of oaken benches with solid ends and panelled backrests, the upper rails of which each bear three brass plaques. One plaque bears a dedication and the other five bear the names of one of the fallen of WW1, all incised in upright capital block lettering.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Bench x 2 Oak 1020 3010 440 Fair
Plaque x 6 Brass 35 110 2 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
1914 - 1918
A THANK OFFERING
IN MEMORY OF
FRANK ALBAN PENTELOW, K.O.Y.L.I.
KILLED IN ACTION AT DELVILLE WOOD,
15 SEPT. 1916.

IN MEMORY OF
JOSEPH P. LINDLEY, LEICESTERSHIRE REGT.,
FORMERLY A CHORISTER,
WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FIGHTING FOR HIS
COUNTRY, 14 JULY 1916.
IN MEMORY OF
JAMES RICHARD MELLISH,
WHO FELL IN ACTION IN PALESTINE,
28 NOV. 1917.

IN MEMORY OF
JOSEPH COLLINGHAM, WEST YORKS REGT.,
WHO GAVE HIS LIFE AT YPRES,
12 FEB 1918.
IN MEMORY OF
ARTHUR GODLEY, LINCOLNSHIRE REGT.,
FORMERLY A CHORISTER,
WHO FELL IN ACTION AT SUVLA BAY,
9 AUG. 1915, AGED 20 YEARS.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action
Number died 5 5
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 5 5
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Whitwell Parish Council; Clowne Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Whitwell Parish Council; Bolsover District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
1923: The benches were made by Mr Reg Gee, a local tradesman, at a cost of £210 raised by the choristers.

July, 1923: The choir stalls were dedicated by Ven Archdeacon E F Crosse, rector.

26th August, 1965: The church was listed Grade I, Heritage List for England number 1108938.

1969: The choir stalls were moved to the west end of the nave.

14th January, 1971: The church lies within the Whitwell Conservation Area first designated on that date.

July 1987: The church lies within an area subject to an Article 4 Direction first made on that date.

Unknown date: The choir stalls were moved to the south side of the chancel.

14th December, 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derbyshire Times, 7th July 1923, p2, col 6: a report on the dedication ceremony.

Edson, J O; The Parish Church - a short history and guide; 2002.

Heritage List for England: architectural and historic information.
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