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Memorial Title

St John the Baptist's Church - Cross

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial cross in St John the Baptist's Churchyard at Winster, Derbyshire..
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Locations

Last known location:
St John the Baptist's Churchyard
Elton Rd (B5057)
Winster
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE4 2DH

NGR:
SK 23941 60564 ±5m
Location details:
Next to the porch on the south side of the church.
Type

Overall type: Cross.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

A dressed gritstone wheel cross on a plinth, pedestal and three-stepped base surrounded by railings. The cross has a tapered shaft and has a stippled face with finely dressed wheel and arrises and has the text PAX in relief in a roundel at its centre. The plinth has vertical sides with the upper part steeply battered, and has hollowed notched corners. The oblong pedestal has vertical sides with recessed panels bearing inscriptions and a plaque. The three-stepped base has a further plaque on the top step and is surrounded by a paved surface edged with kerbs bearing mild steel posts and chain railings. The recessed panels on the 9 and 3 o'clock faces bear incised inscriptions in upright capital block lettering but that on the 6 o'clock face bears a bronze plaque with narrow raised border and an inscription in raised upright capital roman lettering. This plaque may obscure an earlier incised inscription. The bronze plaque on the top step also has a narrow raised border and an inscription in raised upright capital roman lettering.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Gritstone 2700 1100 340 Fair
Plinth Gritstone 370 1000 340 Fair
Pedestal Gritstone 680 1235 830 Fair
Base Gritstone 5500 2675 2250 Fair
Plaque Bronze 530 1035 - Fair
Plaque Bronze 195 760 10 Fair
Paving Concrete - 4375 c4000 Fair
Railings Mild steel 830 4375 c4000 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

3 o'clock face of pedestal: PRO PATRIA
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE
MEN FROM THIS PARISH WHO
FOUGHT AND DIED IN
THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918.
“DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.”

6 o'clock face of pedestal:

PRO REGE

Plaque on 6 o'clock face of pedestal:

PTE.

G.

SIBSON

PTE.

A.

WALKER
SGT.J.MELLOR "T.CONCANNON
PTE.R. A.NEWTON "G. W. GREGORY
"W.CORLESS "W.SMITH
"S.ROUSE "R. W. SHAW
"B. H.HEATHCOTE "J. E.NEWTON
"H.WALKER "L. M.BURTON
"J. N.WALKER "R.HODGKINSON
"H.FOXLOW "E.BOAM
CAPT.W. E.NIXON SGT.F. C.TAYLOR
PTE. M. S. WILLIAMS, PTE. D. CORLESS, PTE. F. W. ROUSE

Plaque on 6 o'clock face of steps:

1939 - 1945
L/CPL. H. C. BOAM. DVR. A. SHEPHERD. SGT. J. THORPE

9 o'clock face of pedestal:

PRO DEO
ERECTED BY
THE INHABITANTS OF
WINSTER
1920

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 23 3
Number served and returned  0 0
Total names 23 3
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Parochial Church Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Winster Parish Council; Bakewell Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Winster Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History

1920: The memorial was erected.

Unknown date: It is presumed that the panel on the 6 o'clock face of the pedestal bears the names of the WW1 fallen incised in a similar style to the inscriptions on the adjacent panels, but that they have become illegible and the bronze plaque was placed over them.

1940s?: The plaque bearing the WW2 names was added to the top step of the base.

17th April, 1951: The memorial lies in the Peak District National Park designated on that date.

Unknown date: The memorial may lie within the Winster Conservation Area.

15th October 2009: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition and well cared for.
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