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Memorial Title

FM A Wellesley, Duke of Wellington - Wellington's Monument

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial cross commemorating the life of FM Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington on Baslow Edge, Derbyshire.
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Setting Memorial Inscription
Locations
Last known location:
Access moorland
Baslow Edge
Bar Rd
Baslow
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE45 1SF

NGR:
SK 26421 73684 ±5m
Location details:
The monument is at the southern end of Baslow Edge.
Type
Overall type: Cross.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is mainly legible.


Description:

A gritstone ashlar cross on a square gritstone pedestal founded on a natural rock outcrop. The inscription is incised in upright capitals on the arms of the cross and on the pedestal.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Gritstone c2300 600 610 Fair
Pedestal Gritstone 230 700 710 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face of cross:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Unspecified
Number died 0
Number served and returned 1
Total names 1
BORN
1769.
WELLINGTON DIED
1852
ERECTED 1866 BY E. M. WRENCH
LATE [3-7?] REGT
6 o'clock face of pedestal:
D. L. H.
B. 17. 11. 18. D. _ 4. 1-_

[Some lettering illegible.]
Administration
Custodian: Not known

Local authorities:
From 19th century: Curbar Parish Council; Bakewell Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Curbar Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
1866: The cross was provided by Lt Col Dr E M Wrench of Baslow.

18th September 2008: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
References
Comments
The memorial commemorates Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, and his military achievements and was provided to complement Nelson’s Monument on Birchen Edge two kilometres to the east. Although the two may have been intervisible when constructed, Wellington’s Monument is now surrounded by trees and bushes and is only visible from close range.

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