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Memorial Title

Staff of London County Westminster and Parrs Bank
 - Wirksworth Branch

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial plaque to Wirksworth staff of the London County Westminster and Parrs Bank in the Matlock branch of the Natwest Bank, Derbyshire.
Images
Wirksworth setting Matlock setting Plaque Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Natwest Bank
19 Dale Rd (A6)
Matlock
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE4 3YA

NGR:
SK 29776 60104 ±5m
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Location details:
The plaque was on the north wall of the entrance porch.

Previous location:
Natwest Bank (redundant)
Market Place (B5023)
Wirksworth
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE4 4ZX

NGR:
SK 25246 53432
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Location details:
The former bank was on the East side of the Market Place, between numbers 23 and 24. The memorial was in the public area, on the outside wall between the windows. The bank closed in 2015.
Type
Overall type: Plaque.


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

Description:

A wall mounted oblong bronze plaque on a wooden backboard. The plaque has a narrow raised border and an inscription in upright raised capital roman lettering with the name enclosed within a raised border with a small laurel wreath at each end. The wooden backboard has a broad raised border with mitred corners, formed from similar wood.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Plaque Bronze 240 510 20 Fair
Backboard Wood 440 705 30 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING
MEMBER OF THE STAFF OF THIS
BRANCH WHO GAVE HIS LIFE
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
RALPH H. COWING
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 1 1
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 1 1
Administration
Custodian: Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Wirksworth Parish Council; Wirksworth Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Wirksworth Town Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 2015: Matlock Town Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
c1920: The memorial is believed to have been made by the Birmingham Guild.

c1920: The memorial is presumed to have been installed in the public banking area of the Wirksworth branch of the London County Westminster and Parrs Bank.

1923: The bank name was changed to Westminster Bank.

1968: The Westminster and National Provincial Banks merged to become the National Westminster Bank Ltd, or NatWest.

1989: Dale Rd Matlock lies within the Matlock Bridge Conservation Area first designated in that year.

2000: NatWest became a subsidiary of the holding company The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc.

30th November 2011: The memorial was surveyed at Wirksworth by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and well cared for.

24th September 2015: The Wirksworth branch closed and the memorial was removed, to be re-erected at the Matlock branch shartly afterwards.

3rd April 2017: The memorial was surveyed in the entrance porch at Matlock by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and well cared for.
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