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Memorial Title

Marsh Lane

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial comprising a stone pillar surmounted by a cross at Marsh Lane, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Memorial 6 o'clock face 9 o'clock face 3 o'clock face 5 o'clock face
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
Main Rd (B6056)
Marsh Lane
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S21 5RH

NGR:
SK 40631 79203 ±5m
Location details:
The site is at the junction with Ford Rd.
Type
Overall type: Pillar.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

A complex ashlar stone monument, the overall characteristic of which is a pillar.

The upper half of the structure comprises a v-grooved column with splayed foot and surmounted by an octagonal tiered candle-snuffer cap and monolithic flory cross.

The lower part is an octagonal pedestal on a double plinth surmounting an octagonal three-stepped base. The faces of the pedestal bear the inscriptions in upright capital block letterings, the headings in relief and the names incised.

The whole lies within a paved area in an enclosure mainly laid to lawn and surrounded by a stone wall and metal railings.

(The three-stepped base is described as Peasenhall Blue Stone and is believed to have been a form of sandstone from the Ashover Quarries.)
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Three-
stepped base
Sandstone ashlar 820 3400 3400 Fair
Lower plinth Gritstone
ashlar
305 1350 1350 Fair
Upper plinth Gritstone
ashlar
220 1050 1050 Fair
Pedestal Gritstone
ashlar
1150 - - Fair
Column Gritstone
ashlar
1800 900 90- Fair
Cap Gritstone
ashlar
1000 1050 1050 Fair
Cross Gritstone 850 550 150 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
WW1 Names:
9 o'clock face: 6 o'clock face: 3 o'clock face:
SACRIFICE
ALBERT NEEDHAM
GEORGE PICKERING
HUBERT MORLEY
BERNARD SEATON
BERNARD MILLINGTON
RUSSELL SHAW
WILLIE A. SHAW
WILLIAM WARING
1914-19
SIDNEY PEARSON
EDGAR NIGHTINGALE
ALBERT CARTER
ALBERT CARDING
HARRY SHAW
GEORGE A. DEFFLEY
JOSEPH A. ROGERS
HAROLD PEARSON
REMEMBER
JOSEPH TURNER
FRANK BROWN
ERNEST HOPKINSON
FRED'K A. MARPLES
JOSEPH BAILEY
JOSEPH MAILE
GEORGE SHAW

WW2 names:
5 o'clock face:
1939 1945
ALLAN BOOTH
SYDNEY BOWN
JACK SAVAGE
FRANK SALES
LESLIE SMITH
GEORGE TURNER

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 23 6
Number served and returned  0 0
Total names 23 6
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be Eckington Parish Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Eckington Parish Council; Chesterfield Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council
From 1974: Eckington Parish Council; North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council
History
Early 1919: The land was donated by Messrs Chandler and Sons, owners of Marsh Lane Colliery, and it was designed by Sir George Nicholson MA, consulting architect to Lincoln Minster and Surveyor to Wells Cathedral.

9th August, 1919: Foundation stones were laid by Joseph Marriott, Thomas Greensmith, J Jermyn Hutton, Edwin Peat and William Alan Fox presided over by Rev J A Godfrey of Ridgeway.

Late 1919: Construction was carried out by John Turner of Marsh Lane and supervised by Capt Archer of Ridgeway for Messrs Holmes and Son, architects of Sheffield. The stone, and its transportation, were also donated by Messrs Chandler and Sons, owners of Marsh Lane Colliery

1st November, 1919: The memorial was unveiled by Mrs J J Hutton of the Newlands, Ridgeway at a service conducted by Rev J A Godfrey. The deeds for the site were presented to Mr T Butler, Chairman of Eckington Parish Council by the Chairman of the Memorial Committee.

4th May 2016: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
References
Derbyshire Courier; 16th August, 1919, p1: a report of the foundation laying ceremony.

Derbyshire Courier; 8th November, 1919, p1: a report of the unveiling ceremony.
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