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Battle of Britain - Replica Rolls-Royce Window

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a replica WW2 war memorial window commemorating the Battle of Britain at the Marble Hall enterprise and community centre, Osmaston, Derby.
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Locations
Last known location:
Connect Derby
Marble Hall
80 Nightingale Rd
Osmaston-by-Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE24 8BF

NGR:
SK 36392 33566
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
Osmaston, now a suburb of Derby, was historically known as Osmaston-by-Derby.
The window is in the north wall of the main foyer of the building, part-way up the stairs to the first floor, in exactly the same location as the original, which was removed by Rolls-Royce when they vacated the premises. Subsequently, the offices were refurbished and used for business and community purposes, and this replica window was installed.
Type
Overall type: Window.

Overall condition: Good.

Description:

A stained glass window with a figure at the centre and an inscription at the foot.
The broad window was originally inserted in a rounded-arch opening and is in multiple colours. At the head is a brilliand sun, its rays reaching almost to the edge of the window. At the centre is a young RAF fighter pilot dressed in a blue overall, wearing a shirt and tie, mae-west lifebelt and flying boots. In his left hand is his flying helmet and mask, and behind him is a golden eagle with wings outstretched and head and talons thrust forward, all framed by the sun. The airman is standing on the spinner of an airscrew, its three blades dominating the lower part of the window. Below and behind it, stretched out in long lines, are the buildings of the Derby Rolls-Royce aero engine factory, now demolished. Three lines of inscription span the foot of the window, in upright capital roman lettering.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Window Stained glass c4630 2615 - Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
THIS WINDOW COMMEMORATES THE PILOTS OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
WHO IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN TURNED THE WORK OF OUR HANDS
INTO THE SALVATION OF OUR COUNTRY

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War
(1939-1945)
Totals
Action Battle of Britain
(15 Aug - 31 Oct 1940)
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be Connecting Derby

Local authorities:
From 1997: The unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
History
15th August - 31st October, 1940 The Battle of Britain, fought over southern England and the English Channel, was a turning point in the war because, by denying air supremacy to the Luftwaffe, the German invasion of Britain was postponed, and the opportunity never arose again. The battle was fought by British fighter aircraft, most of which had Merlin engines made in this factory at Derby.

c1948: The original memorial window was installed in what was then the head office of Rolls-Royce Ltd.

2007: The Osmaston factory and offices closed and the window was removed.

3rd February, 2009: The office building was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1393116.

c2016: The replica window was commissioned by Rolls-Royce plc as part of their contribution to the refurbishment of the building, now renamed The Marble Hall.

28th June, 2016: The Marble Hall, incorporating the replica window, was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

27th July, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson.
References
Our Proud Heritage - a short guide to Osmaston; Anon; Undated (c2016); Osmaston's Memorial Window Project.

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