Derbyshire War Memorials
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St Lawrence's Church

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial at St Lawrence's Church, Great Barlow comprising a cross and tablet commemorating WW1 and WW2.
Images
Cross setting Cross Tablet setting Tablet Click in a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St Lawrence's Churchyard
Hackney La (B6051)
Great Barlow
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S18 7TR

NGR:
SK 34436 74697
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The parish church signboard clearly identifies the village as Great Barlow but maps and other references refer to it as just Barlow. The cross is in the churchyard, between the road and the porch. The tablet is inside the church, at the west end of the south wall of the nave.
Type
Overall type: Cross.


Overall condition: Poor. The inscription is legible.


Description:

The memorial has two principal elements: a churchyard cross and a tablet inside the church.

An existing churchyard monument, described as a cross, comprises a square sandstone pillar with tapering chamfers surmounting a circular four-step sandstone base. This was modified by carving the dates on the pillar and by adding a canopied cross on the top. This cross has square wooden limbs and a semicircular canopy made up of wooden boards with a metal covering. The top two steps of the base have been replaced with concrete which has itself now deteriorated significantly.

The oblong limestone tablet has a stone frame painted black, all of which is recessed flush with the surface of the wall. The original WW1 inscription comprised a heading with 24 names in three columns and a quotation and dates at the foot. Seven WW2 names were subsequently added, but squeezed in at different locations on the tablet. All of the inscription and names are incised in upright capital roman lettering, but the WW2 names appear to be slightly darker.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Pillar Sandstone 2280 250 250 Fair
Base Sandstone, concrete 950 2000 dia Poor
Cross Wood, metal c800 c900 c300 Fair
Tablet Limestone 435 800 - Fair
Frame Stone 500 865 - Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face of pillar:
1914
12 o'clock face of pillar:
1918
Tablet:
REMEMBER LORD THESE THY SERVANTS
THOMAS BOOKER,FRED DAY,MAYNARD SIMPSON,
ERNEST BRAMHALL,JOHN JENKINSONGEORGE TETLOW,
VERNON BRUNT,GEORGE JENKINSONALBERT SMITH,
JOHN CROOKES,ROY KINGSTONHARRY WHITE,
CHARLES CLAYTON,FRED MARGERISONHARRY WILSON,
MAURICE FLETCHER,JOE MILLINGTONALFRED WRIGHT,
HENRY HOWARTH,RAYMOND PLATTSOLIVER WRAGG,
VERNON HOLLILEY,WILLIAM RICHARDSFREDERICK WARD,
GEORGE HAMPSON,WILFRID TURNERWILLIAM LONG,
LEONARD WALKER,CLIFFORD WARD,JOHN WARD,
WHO DIED FOR US, AND GRANT THEM THINE ETERNAL REST, AMEN.
WILLIAM FISHER
1914,
1939
 1918,
1945

[The WW2 names appear slightly darker on the tablet and are marked here in bold.]

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action
Number died 24 7 31
Number served and returned  0 0  0
Total names 24 7 31
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Barlow Parish Council; Chesterfield Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Barlow Parish Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
1921: The churchyard cross was modified and the tablet provided to create a composite memorial.

1945: Seven names were added to the tablet.

31st January, 1967: The church was listed Grade II*, Heritage List for England number 1033277.

July 1979: The church and churchyard cross lie within the Barlow Conservation Area first designated on that date.

17th August 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. The tablet was in fair condition but the cross, especially the base, was in poor condition.
References
Barlow, A brief history of the Church, village and well-dressings; C W Hanford; revised 2015.
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