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Johnson Family

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial rood to the Johnson family in St Anne's Church, Ambergate, Derbyshire.
Setting Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
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Last known location:
St Anne's Church
Derby Rd (A6)
Nearest postcode:
DE56 2EJ

SK 34791 51437
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church is on the west side of the road at the junction with Holly La. The rood and rood beam span the chancel arch above the rood screen.
Overall type: Rood

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


A carved oaken rood comprising a crucifix in the centre with Mary, the mother of Jesus standing to the left with clasped hands and St John standing with uplifted hands to the right. The rood is mounted on an oaken rood beam which bears a gilded inscription on the face in upright gothic lettering.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Rood Oak c2500 c1600 350 Good
Rood beam Oak c600 c5000 350 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Lord Thou hast been our refuge
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 0 0
Number served and
returned *
0 * 0 *
Total names 0 0
* See Comments below regarding those commemorated.
Custodian: The Parochial Church Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Heage Parish Council; Heage Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From WW2: Heage Parish Council; Ripley Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Ripley Town Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
December, 2001: The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site was inscribed: the church lies within the site.

22nd February, 2018: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition and cared for.
Piers Bostock and Alec Dodd; 2016; A Guide to the parish church of St Anne, Ambergate, Derbyshire.
The church guide notes that the rood and rood beam were a thank offering for the safe return of members of the family from service in WW1: Col H A Johnson, Col Stenhouse, Maj E Johnson, Maj I G T Johnson DSO, Lieut J T Johnson and Lt E G T Johnson.

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