United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
  The Imperial War Museum

Liverpool Cenotaph

Our Ref: 1283

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Address

St Georges Hall
Lime Street
Liverpool
MERSEYSIDE
England
L2
 
Type: Cenotaph
OS Map Ref: SJ 349 907

Inscription

WEST: AS UNKNOWN AND YET WELL KNOW; AS DYING, AND BEHOLD WE LIVE/ OUT OF THE NORTH PARTS....A GREAT COMPANY AND A MIGHTY ARMY

EAST: TO THE MEN OF LIVERPOOL WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/AND THE VICTORY THAT DAY WAS TURNED INTO MOURNING UNTO ALL THE PEOPLE

NORTH AND SOUTH FACES: 1914 - 1919/ 1939 - 1945

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
SCULPTURE BRONZE   31FT   Good
Base STONE - YORK   61FT 15FT Good
Cenotaph STONE - STANCLIFFE 3350MM 18600MM 4570MM Good

Physical Description

LONG LOW ALTAR WITH BRONZE RELIEF PANELS ON EITHER SIDE.

WEST RELIEF PANEL DEPICTS STYLISED RANKS OF SOLDIERS ON 'THE MARCH TO ACTION OF THE FIGHTING SERVICES'.

EAST RELIEF PANEL DEPICTS 'THE COMMEMORATION OF ARMISTICE DAY'. AGAINST A BACKGROUND, ON WHICH THE HEADSTONES OF A MILITARY CEMETERY ARE INDICATED, MOURNING FIGURES ARE GROUPED ABOUT A STONE OF REMEMBRANCE.

EACH END OF THE CENOTAPH IS MARKED BY A SYMBOL OF DEFENCE, A BRONZE CIRCULAR SHIELD BEARING THE CIVIC ARMS OF LIVERPOOL AND BY PENDANT BRONZE FESTOONS WITH THE DATES 1914-1919 INSCRIBED BENEATH.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

War First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served & Returned 0
Died 0
Is this an exact count? Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No
War Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served & Returned 0
Died 0
Is this an exact count? Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read? No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL

Maintenance History:

2013 Nov. Grade I listed
Grade II listed. Grant Application April 2004

1926: Competition to design the memorial. 257 Competitors from the UK, France and Canada took part. 767 drawings were submitted and 39 models (Archer, 2009). Liverpool architect Lionel Budden was the successful candidate.

Ceremonies

Date: 11 November 1930
RolePerformed By
Unveiled EARL (17TH) OF DERBY
Date: 10 November 1946
RolePerformed By
Rededicated Lord Mayor of Liverpool

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Corporate, Public
Did this include a trust or scholarship? No
Did this include a roll of honour? NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site: Not known
Cost of Memorial: Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
HERBERT TYSON SMITH Sculptor
Morris Singer & Co Ltd Founder/Foundry
PROFESSOR LIONEL B BUDDEN Architect

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

See also 'Well I never noticed that', Part 1 of 'The statues and monuments of Liverpool & Bootle' by Andrew F Richardson (cutting in file), and numerous references in Cavanagh(detailed above) p.102. File also contains wealth of copied documents.

Comments:  
Photographs: 24
Other Documents: PHOTOGRAPHED BY JO DARKE
Form / Letter: L
Negatives: No
Drawings / Plans: Yes
Minutes: No
Publications: 1
Press Cuttings: 1
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
SCULPTURE ON MERSEYSIDE CURTIS, P 1988 6  
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS BOORMAN, DEREK 1988 153,154  
WAR MEMORIALS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT BORG, ALAN 1991 132  
WAR MEMORIALS WHITTICK, A 1946 6,18,43  
Public Sculpture of Britain     Liverpool (c1997) pp.98-102  
The Times     12 Nov. 1930 p.9  
The Glorious Dead: Figurative Sculpture of British First World War Memorials Geoff Archer 2009    
War Memorials Trust Bulletin     No.60 p.3 (Feb. 2014) Colour photograph of Cenotaph, which had recently been upgraded to Grade I, making it one of only three war memorials with that grade.
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