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Memorial
Title
Chesterfield - WW1 Crucifix
Images
Setting Whole Pedestal Crucifix Inscription
Locations
Last known location:
Our Lady and
 All Saints'
  Churchyard
St Mary's Gate
 (B6543)
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S40 1XJ

NGR:
SK 38530 71220
±5m
Location details:
The memorial is north of the church, between Church Walk, Holywell St and St Mary's Gate (B6543).

The church is also known as St Mary and All Saints' Church
Type
Overall type: Crucifix


Overall condition: Good. But parts of the inscription are eroded and illegible.

Description:

A limestone monument comprising a crucifix on a pillar above an octagonal pedestal and base. The carved crucifix has a cross embellished with sprays of foliage and surmounts a tapering octagonal pillar. The pedestal has moulded upper and lower edges and each face bears a carved coat of arms upon a panel of tracery with recessed ground. The base has three plain dressed ashlar steps above a lower step which is itself made up of an upper ledge or capstone, a central frieze bearing the inscription, and a lower moulded plinth. The inscription reads anticlockwise around the frieze in gothic lettering in relief.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Crucifix Limestone 1270 1050 300 Good
Pillar Limestone 2365 300 300 Good
Pedestal Limestone 680 900 900 Good
Base Limestone 1220 3000 3000 Poor
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Continuous around the base:
To the memory of the men of this town who gave their lives [for? ...] in the Great War 1914-19 Rest eternal grant them O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon them

(Parts of the inscription are eroded and illegible.)

Conflicts and people commemorated
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died 0
Number served and returned 0
Total names 0
Administration
Custodian: Chesterfield Borough Council

Local authorities:
After WW1: Borough of Chesterfield; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Chesterfield Borough Council (unparished); Derbyshire County Council.
History
9th August, 1976: The memorial was listed Grade II, Heritage List For England reference 1088272.

24th November, 1976: The memorial lies within the Chesterfield Town Centre Conservation Area designated on that date.

18th January, 2012: Surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. One of the steps of the base contained a substantial crack. There were some small areas of spalling on the steps. Parts of the inscription were so weathered as to be illegible.
References
Picture the Past has a photograph of the memorial and the church from the northeast c1920.

Picture the Past has a photograph of the memorial and the church from the north c1920.

Picture the Past has a photograph of the memorial and the church in 1948.
Comments
An undated (1920s?) postcard was for sale on Ebay in January 2012. Copies are held on file.
Page © Roy Branson