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Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial window and plaque commemorating members of the Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel, Chesterfield.
Images
Window setting Window detail Plaque setting WW1 plaque WW2 plaque Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel
Elder Yard
Elder Way
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S40 1UR

NGR:
SK 38322 71247
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The chapel is to the east of Elder Way. The window is in the east wall and the plaque is mounted on the north wall.
Type
Overall type: Window and plaque.


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

Description:

Originally a bronze plaque and circular window.

The nowy-headed bronze wall plaque has a raised border of laurel leaves, a circular laurel wreath at the head and an inscription with list of names in a single column below, all in raised upright capital roman lettering.  The stained glass window has at its centre a figure in blues, reds and green representing the Parable of the Sower surrounded by a border of acanthus leaves.

At a later date a similar tablet was added to the first and both were mounted on a common oaken backboard with a copper shelf for the placement of tributes.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Plaque x 2 Bronze 850 475 20 Fair
Backboard Oak 1080 1040 30 Fair
Shelf Copper 25 970 110 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Left plaque: Right plaque:
THE ROUND WINDOW ABOVE
THE ALTAR WAS ERECTED
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN PROUD AND LOVING
MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
THIS CONGREGATION WHO
FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 : 1918
CHRISTOPHER ADLINGTON
EDMUND BARNES
NOEL BOND
HAROLD BUCKNALL
ALBERT BURROWS
FREDERICK GOODWIN
ALFRED LOUIS GREEN
FREDERICK LOWE
CHARLES EDWARD MANSHIP
HAROLD MARSH
TOM MATTHEWS
EDWIN MUDDIMAN
ERNEST OLDFIELD
JIM RAMSKILL
HARRY WATTS
"Greater love hath no man than this"
THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN PROUD AND LOVING
MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
THIS CONGREGATION WHO
FELL IN THE SECOND
WORLD WAR
1939 : 1945
JOHN E. BURCHER
GEORGE E. GOODWIN
RALPH JOHNSON
RONALD McKAY
WALTER SHELBOURNE
ROY N. SWANWICK
JACK WAGSTAFF
FRED E. WEST
And They - The Knights of God
- shall see His Glory

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action
Number died 15 8 23
Number served and returned  0 0  0
Total names 15 8 23
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the chapel management

Local authorities:
From WW1: Chesterfield Parish Council; Chesterfield Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Unparished; Chesterfield Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
c1924: The window was made by Henry Holiday, stained glass window designer of Hampstead, London.

20th April, 1924: The WW1 plaque was unveiled by Mrs E D Swanwick and the window was dedicated.

1940s: The WW2 plaque was provided and the two plaques remounted.

5th July, 1971: The Chapel was listed Grade II*, Heritage List for England number 1088233.

November, 1976: The building lies within the Town Centre Conservation Area first designated in that month.

9th September, 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Anne Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald; 26th April 1924, p7: a brief report of the unveiling and dedication.
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