Belper Swimming Club
Derbyshire War Memorials
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Belper Swimming Club

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 war memorial tablet to Belper Swimming Club originally in Belper Public Smimming Baths and now in St John the Baptist's Chapel, Belper, Derbyshire.
Images
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Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St John the Baptist's
 Chapel Heritage Centre
St John's Road
Belper
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 1HX

NGR:
SK 35243 47532
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
On the north wall.

Previous location:
Belper Public Swimming
 Baths (Redundant)

1 Gibfield La
Belper
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE56 1WA

NGR:
SK 34742 46932
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The exact location within the building is not known.
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


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

Description:

A wall mounted white marble tablet in the shape of a shield, with an inscription incised in upright capital decorative lettering coloured black. A nearby caption explains its history.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet White marble 860 610 20 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
ERECTED
TO THE
MEMORY OF MEMBERS OF THE
BELPER SWIMMING CLUB
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919.
HERBERT HALLSWORTH
WILFRED HOLDEN
GORDON WRIGHT
CHARLES HARRISON
HERBERT E. GILLETT
SAMUEL H. GARLICK
DAVID J. BARBER
FREDERICK T. GARDINER
ARTHUR VARNEY
SAMUEL A. STONE
BERNARD T. GOUGH
WILLIAM GREEN
MILES W. JONES
RAYMOND BARNETT
JAMES L. ENTWISTLE
HAROLD HALL
E. E. ELLIOTT
CLIFFORD G. LEES
JOHN T. LEES
"THE PATH OF DUTY, WAS THE WAY TO GLORY."
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 19 19
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 19 19
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be Belper Town Council

Local authorities:
From WW1: Belper Parish Council; Belper Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Belper Town Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
April 1920: The swimming club resolved to seek permission for them to erect a memorial in the swimming baths.

3 February 1966: St John's Chapel was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1335668.

1970s: The chapel became redundant and was converted to become the offices of the Belper Town Council and a Heritage Centre.

1974: The swimming club left the Belper swimming baths and moved to a new pool in Kilbourne Road. It is presumed that the Gibfield Lane baths closed some time later.

1975-1992: The chapel lies within the Belper and Milford Conservation area designated and extended during that period.

July 1993: The tablet was installed in the heritage centre.

December 2001: The chapel lies within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site inscribed on that date.

23rd January, 2013: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald; 24th April, 1920; p6: a brief note of the resolution to erect the memorial.
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