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Memorial Title

St Edmund's Church

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials:
a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial screen and panelling in St Edmund's Church Castleton.
Images

Screen Dedication Left WW1 panel Right WW1 panel Left WW2 panel Right WW2 panel
Locations

Last known location:
St Edmund's Church
Back St
Castleton
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S33 8WH

NGR:
SK 15020 82902
(From online digital mapping)
Location details:
The church is between Back St, Castle St and Cross St. The memorial screen is in the tower arch.
Type

Overall type: Screen.


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

Description:

A carved and panelled oaken screen inserted into the tower arch. The screen has a central opening, giving access to the tower vestry, with a carved arch above.  The four-centred arch has a pierced carved design of regular pendant stems and leaves in the intrados with carved roses in relief in the spandrels. Above it is a panel bearing the dedicatory inscription in upright capital roman lettering carved in relief. Above the panel is a nowy-headed frieze with a cherub's face surrounded by wings at the head and berries and acanthus leaves below, all in relief. The frieze is surmounted by a carved crocketed cross.

The two symmetrical side sections are each of three bays, the central one comprising an upper panel containing the names of the fallen of WW1, each in an individual cartouche and carved in relief in upright capital roman lettering. The two side bays on each side are open in the upper part and the three bays are headed by tracery, pierced at the two sides but forming a projecting canopy at the centre.

The dado on each side is also in three bays of plain panelling and the centre panel at each side has had the names of the fallen of WW2 added in upright capital roman lettering in cavo relievo style.

The stiles are surmounted by crocketed finials, the design of which is repeated in relief at a lower level.

It is believed that the gate in the central opening, and balusters on the floor above, are separate installations and do not form part of the memorial.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Screen Oak 3200 3255 180 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

Central dedicatory panel: IN MEMORY OF THOSE OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-19

Upper left panel: T. BEVERLEY A.I.F.
30 AP. 1915. GALLIPOLI

W. MARRISON L. FUS
12 OCT. 1916 FRANCE

J. EYRE G. GUARDS
30 DEC. 1916 GROVETOWN

F. ROSE SHERWOOD F.
7 AP. 1917 LE VERGEIER

Upper right panel: CPL. H. HALL R.F.A.
5 JAN. 1918 BULFORD

J. H. HALL R.G.A.
21 MAR. 1918 FRANCE

SEC.LIUT. A. A. PAYNE R.A.F.
4 AP. 1918 MONTROSE

H. HOW K.L.
5 SEPT. 1918 FRANCE

Lower left panel: PT. T. BEVERLEY 1940
SHERWOOD FORESTERS

CPL. G. G. HOW 1945
ROYAL ENGINEERS

PT. G. A. POTTER 1940
SHERWOOD FORESTERS

PT. W. SMITH 1945
WEST YORKSHIRE

Lower right panel: F/O. J. E. BRICKLEY R.A.F.
1941

F/SGT. G. B. HOW R.A.F.
1945

CPL. H. POTTER R.A.F.
1942

SGT. L. L. SMITH R.A.F.
1944

F/SGT. T. D. SNAPE R.A.F.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 8 9
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 8 9
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Parochial Church Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Castleton Parish Council; Chapel en le Frith Rural District Council and Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Castleton Parish Council; High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council.
History

5th June1919: A faculty was issued by the Bishop of Southwell.

c1919: The screen was constructed and installed in commemoration of the fallen of WW1.

c1945: Inscriptions were added in commemoration of the fallen of WW2.

17th April 1951: The church lies within the Peak District National Park designated on that date.

21st April 1967: The church was listed Grade II*, Heritage List for England number 1087866.

23rd January 1976: The church lies within the Castleton Conservation Area designated on that date.

27th August 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition and well cared for.
References

Conservation Area Appraisal, Peak District National Park Authority, January 2010.
Comments

Page © Roy Branson