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Ilkeston - Cenotaph

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial cenotaph at Ilkeston, Derbyshire.
Setting 6 Inscriptions 9 Inscriptions
12 Inscriptions 3 Inscriptions Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Last known location:
Market Place
Nearest postcode:

SK 46504 41670
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The memorial is at the southern end of the Market Place, next to the library..
Overall type: Cenotaph Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible and the memorial is well cared for.


An ashlar cenotaph of Stancliffe Darley Dale Sandstone with a plinth, pedestal and steps and surrounded by stone bollards with railings.

The cenotaph is oblong in plan, has slightly battered faces, a stepped top, projecting panels on the two narrow faces, a laurel wreath in relief on the 6 o'clock face and a narrow chamfered cross on the 12 o'clock face. The cenotaph has an integral oblong plinth with hollowed chamfers to the 9 and 3 o'clock faces.

The cenotaph surmounts an oblong base with chamfered top and an oblong pedestal with a chamfered top and bearing inscriptions in relief on the 9 and 3 o'clock faces and with bronze plaques on the 6 and 12 o'clock faces inscribed with the names of the fallen of WW1. A further WW2 inscription is attached to the lower edge of the 6 o'clock face. The pedestal sits on a plinth with broad chamfered top and bearing metal plaques on the 6 and 12 o'clock faces with the names of the WW2 fallen and with further plaques to the fallen of subsequent conflicts on its 9 o'clock face.

The whole surmounts a three-stepped base, oblong in plan, with squat square piers at the four corners, and the memorial is surrounded by twelve tapering stone bollards with wrought iron railings and gate between. Semi-elliptic flower beds abut the 12 and 6 o'clock railings, contained within chamfered stone kerbs.

Three of the four faces of the pedestal and plinth bear bronze plaques. The original ones for WW1 are made up of panels within a frame sunken into the stone, and subsequent ones are attached to the face of the stone. The plaques have a narrow raised border bearing a reel and bead motif and the inscriptions and names are in raised capital roman lettering.



CenotaphSandstonec3800c1600 c900Good
Plinth (to cenataph)Sandstone3502090 1120Good
Base (to cenataph)Sandstonec3800c1640 c40Good
PedestalSandstone12502440 1445Good
Plinth (to pedestal)Sandstone5652675 1690Good
Base (to pedestal)Sandstone6005780 4760Good
Corner pillar x4Sandstone900600 600Good
Bollard x12Sandstone1230c500 c500Good
RailingsMetal1230c30000 c30Good
Flower bed x2--c8000 c70Good
Kerbs x2-270c8000 c7000Good
Plaque (6 o'clock face, top)Bronze7702100-Good
Plaque (6 o'clock face, middle)Bronze1802150 10Good
Plaque (6 o'clock face, bottom)Bronze3202150 10Good
Plaque (9 o'clock face, top)Bronze100144510Good
Plaque (9 o'clock face, middle)Bronze501445 10Good
Plaque (9 o'clock face, bottom)Bronze50350 10Good
Plaque (12 o'clock face, top)Bronze7602100-Good
Plaque (12 o'clock face, middle)Bronze502105 10Good
Plaque (12 o'clock face, bottom)Bronze2602145 10Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
6 o'clock face,
top plaque, left panel:

93 WW1 names Adcock - Cox
6 o'clock face,
top plaque, middle panel:

WW1 Dedication
6 o'clock face,
top plaque, right panel:

93 WW1 names Clay - Hazlegrove

6 o'clock face, middle plaque:
WW2 Dedication

6 o'clock face,
bottom plaque, left panel:

31 WW2 names Aldred - Hartley
6 o'clock face,
bottom plaque, middle panel:

30 WW2 names Clowes - Harvey
6 o'clock face,
bottom plaque, right panel:

31 WW2 names Hendy - Meakin

9 o'clock face of pedestal

9 o'clock face, plaque and names:

12 o'clock face,
top plaque, left panel:

94 WW1 names Hazeldine - Murrey
12 o'clock face,
top plaque, middle panel:

92 WW1 Names Neal - Smith
6 o'clock face,
top plaque, right panel:

94 WW1 names Smith - Wright

12 o'clock face,
bottom plaque, left panel:

29 WW2 names Mee - Rodgers
12 o'clock face,
top plaque, middle panel:

27 WW2 names Roe - Tatham
6 o'clock face,
top plaque, right panel:

27 WW2 names Thorpe - Wright

3 o'clock face of pedestal

Custodian: Erewash Borough Council

Local authorities:
From WW2: Ilkeston Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Erewash Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
30th November, 1920: Ilkeston Town Council granted the site in the Market Place.

c1921: The memorial was designed by Henry Tatham Sudbury of Ilkeston.

October, 1921: The committee accepted the tender of Pask and Thorpe, stonemasons of Castle Boulevard, Nottingham for the erection of the memorial at the price of £944. The bronze plaques were by Wing and Webb, industrial ironmongers of Horseley Fields, Wolverhampton.

8th January, 1922: The memorial was unveiled by Brig Gen Lord J E B Seely CB CMG DSO TD PC JP DL.

October, 1950: The WW2 plaques were cast by Lewis and Grundy, ironmongers of Victoria Street, Nottingham and attached to the memorial.

November(?), 1950: The memorial was rededicated.

6th November, 1979: The memorial lies within the Ilkeston Town Centre Conservation Area designated on that date.

6th November, 1986: The memorial was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1140442.

6th August, 2006: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in good condition and well cared for.

2013: An application was submitted to the War Memorial Trust's Grants for War Memorials Scheme for a project to clean the memorial and bronze plaques and to undertake repointing in lime mortar, and an offer of £8,955 was made towards the project.

2014: The major restoration of the memorial was carried out at a total cost of £11,945.

Autumn, 2018: The memorial had a further specialist clean.

8th November, 2019: The memorial was resurveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in good condition and well cared for.
Derby Advertiser and Journal; 3rd December 1920; p2: a report of the unveiling ceremony in 1922.
Derby Telegraph; 9th January 1922; p2: a report of the unveiling ceremony in 1922.
Ibid, Bygones supplement; 11th November, 2013; p1: a full page photograph of the rededication ceremony in 1950.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph; 14th October, 1921; p3 col3: a brief report of the acceptance of the construction tender.
Sheffield Independent; 9th January, 1922; p2: a brief report of the unveiling ceremony in 1922.
A cenotaph is a specific design of monument and should not be used as a general term for any war memorial. Cenotaph is a Greek word meaning empty tomb so it is a coffin or coffin-like structure on top of a high pillar. The Cenotaph in Whitehall is a good example but there are a few in Derbyshire.

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