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Memorial Title

Newton

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial cross at Newton, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Memorial 6 o'clock face 9 o'clock 12 o'clock 3 o'clock face Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
The Green
Newton
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE55 5TE

NGR:
SK 44412 59432
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The memorial is on the footway outside the community centre, at the junction of Main St (B6026) and Littlemoor La.
Type
Overall type: Cross.


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

Description:

A Darley Dale sandstone monument comprising a plain wheel cross on a battered pedestal and three-stepped base. The four faces of the pedestal each bear a trapezoidal granite tablet let into the face and bearing the incised inscription in gilded upright capital block lettering.

The memorial originally stood near the middle of an open road junction and was protected by tall iron railings. At a later date the periphery of the junction was kerbed and further kerbs were laid around the railings creating a traffic island around which vehicles could pass on all sides. Subsequently the roads were realigned and the memorial site was incorporated into the footway on the northern side of the junction. At some stage during these changes, the footway surface was raised to the top of the lower step so that only the top two steps of the three-stepped base are now obvious. The original iron railings have also been replaced by galvanised mild steel railings.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Sandstone c1750 700 c200 Fair
Pedestal Sandstone 900 900 c800 Fair
Base Sandstone 375 * 2150 2150 Fair
Tablet x 2 Black granite c750 c750 - Fair
Tablet x 2 Black granite c700 c700 - Fair
Railings Mild steel c1500 c4500 c4500 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
* Excludes height of buried lower step.
Inscription
Tablet on 6 o'clock face: Tablet on 9 o'clock face (WW1):
ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF NEWTON
WHO FELL IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1918.
THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE.
WALTER ADLINGTON
JOHN W. ALLSOPP
WILLIAM H. BUXTON
ALBERT CHAPMAN
WILLIAM DICKENS
ALBERT DOBBS
ISAAC DUDLEY
ALBERT DUNKLEY D.S.M.
JOSEPH ELLIOTT
JAMES ENGLAND
FREDERICK T. FRENCH
JAMES GREEN
FREDERICK HEATHCOTE
GEORGE E. HILL
THOMAS HILL

Tablet on 12 o'clock face (WW2): Tablet on 3 o'clock face (WW1):
1939 - 1945
REGINALD W. CUTHBERTSON
WALTER HIND
J. LEWIS LOCKING
JACK SALT
WALTER SHEASBY
F. WILLIAM SMITH
WILLIAM UNDERWOOD D.F.C.
WALTER WILKINSON
EDWIN J. WOODWARD
GEORGE RILEY
ISAIAH HOLLAND
ARTHUR KING
JAMES LILLEY
CHARLES MEIR
WILLIAM MILLWARD
HERBERT MOLYNEAUX
WILLIAM PARRY
HERBERT PEARCE M.M.
FREDERIC S. PEARCE
JOHN W. PHILLIPS
CORNELIUS PITTS
ALFRED H. SHEASBY
WILLIAM E.TAYLOR
WILLIAM TOMLINSON
RICHARD C. WILDGOOSE

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 30 10 40
Number served and returned  0  0  0
Total names 30 10 40
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be Blackwell Parish Council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Blackwell Parish Council, Blackwell Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Blackwell Parish Council, Bolsover District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
c1920: The memorial was procured by a committee chaired by Mr W C Dunkley with Mr T Smith, secretary and Mr T Millward, treasurer. It was made from sandstone from the Darley Dale Quarries in Derbyshire and the total cost was £165 15s 4d raised by public subscription, fund-raising events and a donation from Babbington Coal Co.

7th September, 1920: The memorial was unveiled by Adm Sir Frederick Inglefield KCB DL FRGS JP, Deputy Lieutenant for Derbyshire, of Mickleover Hall.

1926-1938: The memorial was kerbed to create a traffic island.

c1990s: The road was realigned leaving the memorial on a widened footway.

January 2002: The memorial lies within the Newton Conservation Area first adopted in that month.

September 2014: The memorial was cleaned and the inscription regilded by Mansfield Memorials.

Unknown date: The railings were replaced.

11th July, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald; 11th September, 1920; p5: A detailed report of the unveiling ceremony.

Belper News; 17th September, 1920; p3: An identical report to that above.
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