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Whaley Bridge Memorial Park

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial comprising a park and stone cross at Whaley Bridge Memorial Park, Derbyshire, and commemorating the fallen of WW1 and WW2.
Images
Setting Cross 6 o'clock face 9 o'clock face 12 o'clock face 3 o'clock face
Locations
Last known location:
Whaley Bridge Memorial Park
Wheatsheaf Rd
Whaley Bridge
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
SK23 7JB

NGR:
SK 00975 80894 ±5m
(Cross.)
Location details:
The park is southwest of the town, between the Rover Goyt and Toddbrook Reservoir. The cross is roughly in the middle of the park.
Type
Overall type: Park.


Overall condition: Good The inscriptions are legible.


Description:

A public park of about 7.5ha containing sports pitches, pavilions, children's play areas and areas laid to lawns with shrubberies and belts of trees. The park also contains a stone cross and the Wheatsheaf Road entrance has a metal arch with memorial inscriptions.

The Portland Limestone cross has a central boss and interlaced strapwork on the limbs in Celtic or Anglo-Saxon style and the tapered shaft has recessed panels on the faces, some containing inscriptions in relief. The cross surmounts its own battered oblong plinth, each face of which bears an intricately carved bound wreath of oak or laurel with ribbons bearing the names of significant WW1 countries or battles. This in turn surmounts a battered oblong pedestal with moulded capstone and plinth and bearing on each face a trapezoidal granite tablet with rounded top and bearing the inscriptions and names incised in upright capital roman lettering coloured black. The whole surmounts a four-stepped base, the front faces of which have a rounded projection and bear a stone vase on the top step. The cross is accompanied by two circular bronze plaques set into the surface of the adjacent pavement, each bearing a depiction of a poppy and the dates of the respective conflicts.

The black-painted arch across the path from Wheatsheaf Road is an extension of the adjacent railings and comprises a two-ring semicircular arch with panels containing an inscription and dates in upright capital roman lettering painted white.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Cross Portland Limestone 3600 c800 300 Good
Plinth Portland Limestone 550 780 640 Fair
Pedestal Portland Limestone 1200 1060 910 Fair
Plinth Portland Limestone 180 1300 1030 Fair
Base Portland Limestone 810 3450 3510 Fair
Tablet x 2 Granite 970 865 75 Good
Tablet x 2 Granite 955 710 80 Good
Vase White marble 290 270 dia Fair
Plaque x 2 Bronze 1500 dia - Fair
Arch Metal 3800 3670 800 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face of cross: 12 o'clock face of cross:
1914
1919
1939
1945

Wreath on 6 o'clock face: Wreath on 9 o'clock face:
FRANCE  BELGIUM SOMME  YPRES
Wreath on 12 o'clock face: Wreath on 3 o'clock face:
ITALY  EGYPT JUTLAND  SUVLA BAY

Tablet on 6 o'clock face (WW1):
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND TO THE IMMORTAL MEMORY
OF THE GALLANT MEN OF
WHALEY BRIDGE AND DISTRICT.
THESE GAVE THEIR LIVES SERVING
THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR
A.D. 1914 - 1919.
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Tablet on 9 o'clock face (WW1):

ROBERT ARMITAGE
LESLIE ASHBY
RALPH BAGSHAW
LEONARD BAGSHAW
HUGH BAGSHAW
VINCENT BALL
WILLIAM BATE
HARRY BENNETT
ALBERT BENNETT
WILFRED BRADBURY
WILLIAM BRADDOCK
ALFRED BRAMWELL
WILLIAM BROADHURST
FRED BROCKLEHURST
ERNEST BROWN
WILLIAM H. BYWATER
WILLIAM CHEETHAM
ALFRED E. CORBETT
WILLIAM COVERLEY
SYDNEY CRAMB
JAMES DALE
HARRY DEPLEDGE
CHARLES DEPLEDGE
THOMAS DEPLEDGE
HUGH DUCKWORTH
HARRY EDGE
ERNEST SMITH
GEORGE ETCHELLS
WILLIAM EXLEY
JAMES H. FLETCHER
ARCHIBALD GALBRAITH
ALBERT GODDARD
ARCHIBALD GOODWIN
ARTHUR GOUGH
JOSEPH GOULD
JAMES HALL
ELIJAH HALL
SIDNEY B. HARE
SAMUEL HARROP
JOHN HAWKYARD
ERNEST HAWKYARD
FRANCIS J. HEWITT
SAMUEL HIBBERT
ARNOLD HILL
ERNEST HILL
TOM C. HILL
ELIAS HILL
JOHN HILL
BARDO HODGE
OSWALD HOLT
FRED HUTCHINSON
RICHARD H. JODRELL
WILLIAM JODRELL

Tablet on 12 o'clock face (WW2):
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN
REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE WHO
FELL IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR
1939 - 1945
ADAMS LESLIE
BENNETT ROLAND
BLAKE RALPH
BRADLEY HAROLD
BENNETT JOHN
BOWDEN FREDERICK R.
BOOTHBY HAROLD
BONTOFT WILFRED
BRAMWELL CYRIL
CLAYTON RALPH
CHAPMAN FRANK
COOKSON H.
COTTRELL LEONARD
DAVIES ALAN
GROVE W. A. J.
GODDARD THOMAS
HARTLE FREDERICK
HOWE FRED
HODGSON KATHLEEN
HARROP FRANK S.
HILL ALEC
HALL BERNARD
JONES PERCY W.
LOCKETT ERIC D.
LONGDEN ALAN
LONGDEN JAMES W.
MELLOR GEORGE H.
McGUFFIE HUGH M.
MARSHALL RICHARD
NORBURY CEDRIC B.
OLDHAM LOUIS V.
QUINN A. R.
REEKIE GEORGE E.
SIMPSON FREDERICK R.
THOMASSON ERNEST
TOMKINSON JOHN S.
WILSON A.
WYLD KENNETH
WADE JOHN O.

Tablet on 3 o'clock face (WW1):

WILLIAM C. JODRELL
WILLIAM H. JONES
AMORIAS JONES
EDWARD LEES
JOHN LIDDELL
ROLF LITTLE
WALTER LOMAS
LOUIS LOMAS
CHARLES LOMAS
JACOB LOMAS
JOHN LOMAS-FLETCHER
WILLIAM C. LOWE
ARTHUR LUPTON
ARTHUR MELLOR
THOMAS MIDDLETON
DONALD F. MILNE
RICHARD MILNES
FRANK MORRIS
LEONARD MORTEN
JOHN C. MUNRO
WALTER MURPHY
CYRIL MURPHY
PHILIP MURPHY
SAM MYCOCK
JOSEPH NIXON
SAMUEL OLDFIELD
GEORGE W. SMITH
ALAN LITTLE
CHARLES ORMEROD
GEORGE W. PEARSON
HAROLD PLANT
JAMES R. POTTER
HAROLD POTTS
JOHN SECOMBE
HENRY S. P. SHAW
HAROLD SHAW
HARRY E. SHAW
BEN SHIRT
STANLEY SHIRT
DAN SHIRT
ROWLAND H. SPENCER
ROBERT SPITTAL
JOSEPH TOLSON
GEORGE TOWNSEND
JOS TRAVIS
JAMES TRICKETT
GEORGE TURNER
SAMUEL WAIN
RICHARD WALKER
JOHN W. WATTS
THOMAS WILD
FRANK WILLIAMSON
FREDERICK W. WOOLLEY
FRED WOOLLEY
JACK WYLD

Entrance arch:
WHALEY BRIDGE
1914-19  MEMORIAL PARK  1939-45
2000

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action
Number died 108 39 147
Number served and returned  0  0  0
Total names 108 39 147
Administration
Custodian: High Peak Borough Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Taxal Parish Council; Macclesfield Rural District Council; Cheshire County Council.
From WW2: Whaley Bridge Parish Council; Whaley Bridge Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Whaley Bridge Town Council; High Peak Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
May 1920: Col and Mrs Ramsden donated a piece of land to form a park and it was decided to erect a cross in it. Over £1000 had been raised towards the cost.

7th May, 1921: The memorial cross was unveiled by Mr J W Little and bore the name of 106 men from the district who fell in the war. Col Goodman and Col Hall also took part in the ceremony. The cross had cost £600.

1930s: Boundary changes resulted in the park being transferred to Derbyshire.

1940s: An additional tablet was provided to commemorate the 39 people who fell in WW2.

Unknown date: Two further names were added to the WW1 tablets, and corrections were made to some spellings.

2012-13: A major refurbishment project for the park included the new arch at the Wheatsheaf Road entrance and improvements to the cross, including the carving of the WW2 dates on the shaft, hand cleaning of the memorial and the provision of paving around it.

11th May 2014: The cross was rededicated by Rev Margaret Jones, vicar of Holy Trinity and Taxal churches.

19th May 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition.
References
Sheffield Independent; 7th May 1920: a report on the proposed park and cross.

Sheffield Independent; 9th May 1921: a report on the unveiling ceremony.

Buxton Advertiser; 16th May 2014: a report on the rededication ceremony, with photographs.
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