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St Mary's Gate Baptist Church - WW1 Book

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial book from St Mary's Gate Baptist Church, Derby.
Images
Cover Inscription Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Broadway Baptist Church
166 Broadway
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE22 1BP

NGR:
SK 34279 37742
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church is on the south side of the road. The book is kept in the office.

Previous location:
St Mary's Gate Baptist
 Church (Demolished)
St Mary's Gate
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE1 3JA

NGR:
SK 35135 36522
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church was on the northern side of the road, towards the eastern end.
Type
Overall type: Book.


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

Description:

A book with a tooled and carved leather-bound cover and an illuminated opening page, with further pages for recording events. The front cover has a lattice background with a shield at the head bearing a depiction of the Buck in the Park and a futher design lower down in the style of heraldic bearings with castle on the shield, a crown above, Adam and Eve as supporters, and a garland of flowers and foliage in place of the mantling. Around the upper shield, and below the lower arms, are extensive sprays of carved foliage. The opening page has a main panel bearing the inscription in red and black calligraphy of upright capital roman lettering. The background is of finely drawn white swirling briars on a black ground and at the foot is a silhouette of the Antwerp skyline with its tower against a coloured sky and with a depiction of the Belgian arms with Belgian Crown and a shield bearing the golden lion rampant of Belgium (Leo Belgicus).

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Book Leather, cord, paper 355 255 35 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
THIS BOOK OF
HONOUR IS
PRESENTED
TO THE MEM-
BERS OF THE
ST. MARY'S GATE
BAPTIST CHURCH
DERBY
IN GRATEFUL REMEMB-
RANCE OF THEIR GENEROUS
RELIEF AND HOSPITALITY
DURING THE WAR, BY
OLIVIER PLATTEAU & FAMILY
ANTWERP
MDCCCCXIV MDCCCCXIX
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War Civilians
(1914-1919)
Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
Administration
Custodian: Church managers.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Derby County Borough Council (Derby Corporation) (Unparished)
From 1974: Derby District (later Borough and from 1977 City) Council and Derbyshire County Council.
From 1997: The unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
History
c1926: A report suggests that the memorial was presented to the congregation of St Mary's Gate Church, but no evidence of this has been found.

c1939: The memorial was removed from St Mary's Gate Church prior to its demolition.

1939: The memorial was installed in the newly built church in Broadway.

3rd August, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition and well cared for.
References
The Passing of St. Mary's Gate, Derby; F G Hastings; c1937: a short history of Baptist churches in Derby.

Derby Telegraph; 23rd April, 1937; p1: a report on the sale of the St Mary's Gate site.

Derby Telegraph; 14th December, 1937; p7: a report on the purchase of the Broadway site.

Derby Telegraph; 1st January, 1940; p7: a report on the new church at Broadway.
Comments
This memorial commemorates the wartime efforts of civilians in support of refugees.

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