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Memorial Title

Allestree - Recreation Ground

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial recreation ground at Allestree, Derby.
Images
Original setting New setting Rededication Left plaque Right plaque Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Allestree Recreation Ground
Robincroft
Allestree
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE22 2FR

NGR:
SK 34620 39628
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The main gates with the plaques are on Robincroft (sometimes called Robincroft Rd) but the recreation ground is bounded by Kings Croft, Devonshire Ave, Calder Cl and Portreath Dr, some of which also have access. The cenre of the recreation ground is at SK 34589 39555
Type
Overall type: Recreation ground.


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

Description:

A recreation ground of about 4.9ha with formal gates at the northern entance. The metal gates are on brick piers which bear two dedicatory bronze plaques with inscriptions in raised upright capital roman lettering. The site includes bowling greens, a cricket pitch, open spaces and children's play equipment.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Land - c4.9ha - - Fair
Gates Metal c1590 c2900 c50 Fair
Piers x 2 Brick, concrete c1890 600 600 Fair
Plaque x 2 Bronze 510 360 c10 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Left plaque:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
ALLESTREE
RECREATION
GROUND
Right plaque:
THIS GROUND
WAS PRESENTED TO THE PARISH OF
ALLESTREE
BY
COL. L. G. GISBORNE, C.M.G.
AND
CAPT. GUY GISBORNE, M.C.
AS A MEMORIAL TO THE
MEN OF THIS VILLAGE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918.
AND WHOSE NAMES ARE
INSCRIBED ON THE MEMORIAL
IN THE CHURCHYARD.
Administration
Custodian: Derby City Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Allestree Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council
From 1968: 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
Before 1914: Historically the area had been a marl pit owned by Col L G Gisborne CMG but had been used as a cricket field for some years.

19th July, 1919: The deeds of the land were presented to the parish council by Col Gisborne.

c1928: The gates and plaques were installed.

November 1930: The plaques were unveiled.

2004-5: The plaques were removed and the piers demolished. New piers were built, the gates rehung and refurbished plaques replaced.

11th November, 2007: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.

April 2012: The gates piers were again demolished, to facilitate reconstruction of the adjacent car park. New ones were constructed about 8m south of their original position and the gates and plaques were re-erected.

Summer 2012: Both plaques were repainted royal blue with the lettering picked out in gold.

14th April, 2013: The relocated gates and plaques were rededicated by the Very Rev Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby Cathedral, at a ceremony organised by the Allestree Branch of the Royal British Legion. The Mayor of Derby, Cllr Lisa Higginbottom, the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, and the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Mr Derek Mapp, also participated.

14th April, 2013: The relocated memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derby Telegraph; 28th May, 1919; p2: a report on the parish meeting at which Col Gisborne announced his intention to donate the land to the parish as a memorial.

Derby Telegraph; 21st July, 1919: a report on the peace celebrations at which Col Gisborne handed over the deeds of the land to the parish council.

Derby City Council; 6th October 2004; Minutes of Area Panel 5; p12, Decision 3; A grant of £800 was awarded to the Royal British Legion Allestree Branch towards the cost of refurbishing the memorial.

Order of Service; Royal British Legion; 14th April, 2013

Derby Telegraph; 15th April, 2013: a report on the rededication ceremony.
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