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Snelston

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial cross at Snelston, Derbyshire.
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Setting Memorial 6 o'clock 8 o'clock 4 o'clock 9 o'clock
Locations

Last known location:
Roadside
Littlefield La
Snelston
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE6 2EP

NGR:
SK 15144 43398 ±5m
Location details:
At the junction of Littlefield La with Cacklehill La and Church Rd.
Type

Overall type: Cross.


Overall condition: Fair, but the inscription is barely legible.


Description:

A sandstone monument comprising a pillar, with a lantern and cross at the head, surmounting a pedestal, plinth and base. The tapered octagonal pillar has a carved interwoven decoration on the 6 o'clock face and supports a four-sided lantern with a carved angel or saint in a niche on each face, and surmounted by a crocketed cross. The pillar is on an octagonal pedestal with a bevelled top and inscriptions on some faces, above a moulded plinth and octagonal ashlar base. The inscriptions are incised in upright capital roman lettering but are eroded and partially encrusted by lichen so are very difficult to read. The whole is set in a paved area within a fenced garden laid to lawn with trees.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Sandstone c700 c440 c200 Fair
Lantern Sandstone c1350 c440 c440 Fair
Pillar Sandstone 2375 440 440 Fair
Pedestal Sandstone 420 1000 1000 Fair
Plinth Sandstone 400 1200 1200 Fair
Base Sandstone 100 2240 2240 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

6 o'clock face of pedestal:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 7 2
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 7 2
TO THE HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918.
GRANT THEM OH LORD
ETERNAL REST,
AND MAY LIGHT PERPETUAL
SHINE UPON THEM.
8 o'clock face of pedestal:
LT. RICHARD EVANS
SHERWOOD FORESTERS.
LCE. CPL. EDWIN FORMAN
SHERWOOD FORESTERS.
PTE. WILLIAM HENRY FORMAN
SHERWOOD FORESTERS.
PTE. SCOTT LEASON
SHERWOOD FORESTERS.
4 o'clock face of pedestal:
PTE. ROBERT BARKER
LABR. CORP. LINCOLN[SHE?] REGT.
LCPL. RICHARD HARVEY PELL
GRENADIER GUARDS
PTE. FREDERICK SAMUEL WOOD
ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS:
9 o'clock face of pedestal:
1939-1945
PTE. KENNETH INGS
OXFORD & BKS. LT. INFANTRY
A.B. JOHN RUPERT INGS R.N.
H.M.S. EXETER
Administration

Custodian: Not known

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

1920s?: The memorial was erected.

1940s?: The WW2 names was added.

August 1971: The memorial lies within the Snelston Conservation Area first designated on that date.

19th July, 1985: The memorial was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England reference 1204872.

10th October 2011: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and well cared for but the inscriptions and names were becoming eroded and obscured by lichen. Some chips and cracks were present on the plinth moulding and some repointing had been carried out, especially on the pillar.
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