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Memorial Title

St Matthew's Church - Cross

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial cross in St Matthew's Churchyard, Darley Abbey, Derby.
Images
Setting Memorial Inscription Rededication Rededication Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St Matthew's Churchyard
25 Church La
Darley Abbey
Derby
Nearest postcode:
DE22 1EY

NGR:
SK 35086 38652
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
South of the church.
Type
Overall type: Cross.


Overall condition: Fair. The memorial is cared for.


Description:

An octagonal Portland Stone cross on a pedestal and base. The monolithic potent cross has a tapered shaft, enlarged at the foot, and bears a bronze sword on the 6 o'clock face. The octagonal pedestal bears the inscriptions incised in upright capital roman lettering on six of the faces, and surmounts its own plain plinth. The octagonal ashlar base has a separate coping and surmounts a much larger ashlar plinth. The whole is constructed on a circular paved and stone-faced platform built into the sloping site.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Limestone 3040 880 c420 Fair
Sword Bronze c1800 c370 c50 Fair
Pedestal Limestone 550 960 960 Fair
Plinth (to pedestal) Limestone 170 1020 1020 Fair
Coping Limestone 130 c1950 c1950 Fair
Base Limestone 410 1850 1850 Fair
Plinth (to base) Limestone 130 c3000 c3000 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
7 o'clock face (WW1): 6 o'clock face (WW1): 5 o'clock face (WW1):
G · BEESLEY
H A BROWN
J HARRISON
F OLDFIELD
REMEMBER
THE MEN OF
DARLEY ABBEY
WHO FOUGHT
AND DIED
FOR HONOUR
AND FREEDOM
IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914 – 1918
W E PARKER
A STEVENSON
A A THOMPSON

1 o'clock face (WW2): 12 o'clock face (WW2): 11 o'clock face (WW2):
R J COCKSHOTT
G DICKENSON
SEE YE TO IT
THAT THESE
DIED NOT
IN VAIN
1939 – 1945
C H HOLLINGSWORTH
R L LITCHFIELD

3 o'clock face (Falklands)         
1982
THE FALKLANDS WAR
I M BOLDY

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Falklands Conflict (April-June 1982)) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died  7  4  1 12
Number served and returned  0  0  0  0
Total names  7  4  1 12
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Darley Abbey Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1968: Derby County Borough Council.
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 and Conservation
1920-1921: The memorial was manufactured and installed by Dove Bros of London at a cost of £350.

20th November, 1921: The memorial was unveiled by Capt C E S Noakes of 9th Battn, Sherwood Foresters and dedicated by The Ven Edward Noakes, MA, LLD, Archdeacon of Derby.

c1940s: The lettering 1939-1945 was added to the foot of the inscription on the 12 o'clock face and four WW2 names were added to the adjacent faces.

December, 2001: The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site was inscribed. The memorial falls within its main area.

December, 2002: The churchyard was added to the Darley Abbey Conservation Area.

15th September, 2007: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition but the tip of the sword was bent, presumably where metal thieves had attempted to prise it off. The WW2 inscription and names on the north faces had sustained some weathering and growth of lichen. Those faces were not easy to read, especially the 1 o’clock face which could only be read under strong oblique lighting. One of the names on the 11 o’clock face had suffered some recent scratching, presumably in an attempt to render it more legible.

2009-2010: The stonework was cleaned, the sword repaired and the Afghanistan inscription added.

22nd September, 2010: Following the restoration work the memorial was rededicated by the Rt Rev Humphrey Southern BA, Bishop Suffragan of Repton. The ceremony was recorded by Roy Branson.
References
Derbyshire Advertiser, 18th November, 1921, p9: An extensive report on the memorial and its unveiling ceremony.
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