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Memorial Title

Centenaries of WW1 and RAF (Temporary)


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a temporary war memorial well dressing, commemorating the centenaries of WW1 and the RAF, at Common Side, Barlow, Derbyshire.
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Last known location:
Millcross La (B6051)
Common Side
Nearest postcode:
S18 7TA

SK 33988 75381
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The memorial was on the north side of the road, next to the Methodist Church.
Overall type: Well dressing. Overall condition: Temporary


A temporary Derbyshire well dressing display traditionally made from flowers and other vegetation pressed into clay held in a wooden frame but now often utilising stones, beads, fabric etc. The dressing comprised a hoizontal oblong panel recessed behing framework borders, and was mounted in the rear wall of a gabled shelter. The central panel contained an image of a WW1 infantryman standing by a battlefield grave strewn with red poppies. In the background an RAF biplane and a white dove of peace flew across a blue sky. The borders bore a white inscription in upright sentence case roman lettering against a black border at the head, with medals, RAF roundels and the date in various colours against a black ground.


MosaicPlant material, clayc1800c2000c50Lost
ShelterNot knownc3000c4000c2000Not known
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Forever Heroes
20 18
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictFirst World War (1914-1919)Non Specific Military UnitTotals
Action or eventNot statedNot stated
Number died000
Number served
and returned
Total names000
Custodian: Not known

Local authorities:
From 1974: Barlow Parish Council, North East Derbyshire District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
Summer 2018: The memorial was designed and made by members of the local community.

15th August, 2018: The memorial was blessed by members of the local clergy

15th August, 2018: The memorial was photographed by Glyn Williams.

22nd August, 2018: The memorial was dismantled and the components salvaged for future use.
Further details about well dressings may be found at run by Glyn Williams.
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