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Ashbourne Residents

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial sculpture in the Memorial Park at Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Images
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Further images may be available on request.
Setting Memorial memorial Plaque        
Locations
Last known location:
Memorial Park
Park Rd (A515)
Ashbourne
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE6 1EJ

NGR:
SK 18210 46823 ±5m
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Location details:
The main entrance to the park is at the junction of Park Rd (A515) and Cokayne Ave. The sculpture is just inside the entrance, on the left.

Previous location:
Memorial Park
Park Rd (A515)
Ashbourne
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE6 1EJ

NGR:
SK 18218 46825 ±5m
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Location details:
The main entrance to the park is at the junction of Park Rd (A515) and Cokayne Ave. The sculpture was inside the entrance, about 8m away from the later position.
Type
Overall type: Sculpture Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


Description:

A galvanised steel sculpture originally comprising a poppy accompanied by a metal ribbon bearing an inscription in raised upright capital roman lettering. These were mounted on a metal frame on a concrete base which also bore an oblong stainless steel plaque bearing a further inscription in upright capital roman lettering. Subsequently the poppy was painted red with a black centre, the ribbon was painted black and the lettering gold, and a leaf was added and painted green. The memorial was repositioned about 8m southwest of its original position and incorporated into a flower bed.

Glossary
Components:

ComponentMaterialHeightWidthDepthCondition
PoppyGalvanised steel120620diaGood
RibbonGalvanised steel90950230Good
LeafGalvanised steel90300300Good
FrameMetal290290290Good
BaseConcrete240420590Good
PlaqueStainless steel1002002Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Ribbon:
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictNon-specific conflictsTotals
Action or eventNone stated
Number died00
Number served and returned00
Total names00
LEST WE FORGET
Plaque:
TO COMMEMORATE
ASHBOURNE RESIDENTS
WHO HAVE SERVED
IN CONFLICT
Administration
Custodian: Ashbourne Town Council in association with the Ashbourne Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Local authorities:
From 1974: Ashbourne Town Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
c2019: The sculpture was commissioned by Ashbourne Town Council. It was made in Ashbourne and originally placed in the park, just left of the gate.

22nd April, 2020: The memorial was surveyed by Alan Willmot. It was in good condition and cared for.

Spring 2021: With the agreement of the town council, the memorial was removed by members of the Royal British Legion who painted it and added the leaf.

May, 2021: A dispute arose between the town council and the RBL branch regarding the amount of black paint on the poppy, and the addition of the leaf.

June, 2021: The dispute was settled: the memorial was gifted to the RBL but the council undertook to maintain and insure it.

1st August, 2021: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Anne Branson. It was in good condition and cared for.
References
Ashbourne News Telegraph; 26th May, 2021: A report on the dispute between the town council and the RBL
Ibid; 23rd June, 2021: A report on the resolution of the dispute.
Derby Telegraph;7th June, 2021; p14 col2: A reader's letter regarding the alterations to the memorial.
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