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Memorial Title

St Leonard's Church - Tree

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial tree in St Leonard's Churchyard, Shirland.
Images

Tree Plaque location Plaque Inscription
Locations

Last known location:
St Leonard's Churchyard
Main Rd (A61)
Shirland
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE55 6BB

NGR:
SK 39988 58440 ±5m
(Tree)
SK 39965 58454 ±5m
(Plaque)
Location details:
The tree is just south of the church, the plaque is on the east wall inside the porch. The A61 is called Chesterfield Rd on some maps.
Type

Overall type: Tree.


Overall condition: Good.


Description:

A blue cedar tree (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca') in the churchyard accompanied by a dedicatory plaque in the porch. The plaque comprises a shield bearing the emblem of the Royal British Legion with a ribbon below, mounted on a shield-shaped backboard. The backboard is mounted on a further decorative backboard with a dedicatory plaque below bearing the inscription in upright capital decorative lettering.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tree - - - - Good
Plaque Unknown c150 c100 c10 Good
Backboard Wood c200 c150 c20 Good
Plaque Unknown c750 c100 c2 Good
Backboard Wood c400 c300 c20 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

IN MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO FELL IN CONFLICT
THE BLUE CEDAR TREE, SOUTH OF THE CHURCH WAS
PURCHASED BY SHIRLAND ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
IT WAS PLANTED BY THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF DERBYSHIRE
SIR PETER HILTON AND LADY W. HILTON
ON REMEMBRANCE DAY, 11th NOVEMBER 1992

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Unspecified
Number died 0
Number served and returned 0
Total names 0
Administration

Custodian: Presumed to be the Parochial Church Council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Shirland and Higham Parish Council; Chesterfield Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Shirland and Higham Parish Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History

Autumn 1992: The memorial was sponsored by the Shirland Branch of the Royal British Legion.

11th November 1992: The tree was planted by Col Sir Peter Hilton KCVO MC DL JP, lord-lieutenant of Derbyshire and Lady Winifred Hilton.

8th July 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition.
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