United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

Derby - Composite

Our Ref: 2226

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Address

Paved pedestrian area
Market Place
Cathedral Quarter, Derby
DERBYSHIRE
England
DE1 3AE
 
Type:Composite
Other Location Details:

On the south side of the Market Place, near the entrance to the Guildhall.

OS Map Ref:SK 352 363

Inscription

6 o'clock face, upper tablet: THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918

6 o'clock face of pedestal: FOR FAITH/ AND HOME/ AND RIGHTEOUSNESS/ WORLD WAR/ 1939 - 1945

12 o'clock face, upper plaque: IN HONOUR OF/ THOSE WHO HAVE/ FALLEN IN CONFLICT/ SINCE 1945

12 o'clock face, lower plaque: IN HONOUR OF/ THOSE CIVILIANS WHO/ LOST THEIR LIVES/ IN WAR

9 o'clock face of base of figure: A. B. BURTON./ FOUNDER.

3 o'clock face of base of figure: G A WALKER. Sc./ 1924

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
FIGUREBRONZEc2400mm530mm1000mmGood
CROSSSTONE - SANDSTONEc3400mmc1800mmc700mmGood
PEDESTALSTONE - SANDSTONEc1500mm2000mm2080mmGood
BaseSTONE - SANDSTONE540mm5000mm5100mmGood
TABLETSTONE - SANDSTONE295mm825mm30mmGood
PLAQUEBRONZE330mm540mm10mmGood
PLAQUEBRONZE330mm530mm10mmGood
DETAILBRONZEc3000mmc1500mmc100mmGood
DETAILBRONZE---Good

Physical Description

A sandstone ashlar monument comprising a cross on a pedestal and three-stepped base and featuring a cast bronze figure and other features.

The cast bronze figure is of a mother and child and has the sculptor's and founder's names on the base.

The plain wheel cross projects from both faces of a wall which has battered faces and a round arch head and forms a background for the figure on the 6 o'clock face. A bronze sword is mounted on the 12 o'clock face.

The pedestal is T-shaped in plan and on the 6 o'clock face has an oblong tablet bearing the WW1 inscription and the WW2 inscription directly on the face. Both inscriptions are incised in upright capital Roman lettering. The 12 o'clock face bears two bronze plaques bearing the post 1945 and civilian inscriptions in raised upright capital Roman lettering.

The three stepped base has rows of bronze studs on the upper face of each step and the upper surface of the top step has recesses normally containing flower beds but in November the flowers are replaced by turf to form plots for the placement of remembrance cross and other tributes.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
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
WarSecond World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
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
WarSecond World War Civilians
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
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
WarPost-1945 War or Conflict
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
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?

Derby City Council

Maintenance History:

2008: Memorial has suffered graffiti damage. Bronze studs added to the steps in August to deter misuse.

31 August 2007: Listed Grade II, Heritage List for England reference 1392237.

2007: Campaign launched in June to get protective studs placed around the memorial to prevent people sitting and skaetboarding on it. Work to be completed by Remembrance Sunday 2007.

Unknown date: Memorial included on Derby City Council's Local List of features of conservation merit. The listing was subsequently superseded by Statutory Listing.

1993: Memorial dismantled, cleaned and re-erected 10m northeast of its original position as part of the Market Place townscape scheme.

October 1987: The memorial lies within the City Centre Conservation Area first designated on this date.

28 October 1947: Inscription defaced by chalk marks.

1923: Originally located opposite the arched entrance to the Guildhall.

Ceremonies

Date:11 November 1924
RolePerformed By
UnveilingAlderman Oswald Ling
DedicationBishop of Derby
Date:28 October 1994
RolePerformed By
Re-DedicatedBishop of Derby

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: 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
CHARLES CLAYTON THOMPSONArchitect
Mr Arthur G WalkerSculptor
A B BurtonFounder/Foundry

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

Many sources describe the sculpture as being of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus but the descriptive notes accompanying the unveiling programme do not mention this and describe it as "... a typical English mother [and] her son ..." The woman is wearing a loose turban and flowing robes so may be interpreted as an allegory of an English mother and son.

The Souvenir of the Unveiling contains a photograph by W W Winters and a plan of the unveiling arrangements by the Borough Surveyor.

Comments: 
Photographs:16
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:2
Press Cuttings:38
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
Winter's Collection of Derby, The Volume TwoUnknown199570Reproduction of photograph taken in 1924.
An Illustrated History of DerbyCraven, MaxwellUnknown245-6 & 265Description and photographs.
Council or Committee Minutes  31 July 2007Council Cabinet Public Realm programme 2007/08 minutes
Nottingham Evening Post  5/ 11 November 1924Account of unveiling.
Derby Daily Telegraph  1/ 29 October 1947Report on defacing.
Derby Evening Telegraph  11 / 30 January 2008; 11/ 26 April 2008; 4/ 8 May 2008; 3/ 9 May 2008; 6/ 10 May 2008; 5/ 14 May 2008; 8/ 15 May 2008; 8/ 16 May 2008; 9/ 24 May 2008; 13/ 26 May 2008; 5/ 9 June 2008; 10/ 16 August 2008; 9/ 18 August 2008; 6/ 19 August 2008; 1-3/ 2 September 2008; 10/ 8 September 2008; 6/ 12 September 2008; 8/ 13 September 2008; 21/31 October 2007Long-running debate on respect for memorial and its protection.
Derby Daily Telegraph  10/11 November 2009 
OrganisationIdWebsite
Derby Local Studies LibraryBA718(18181) Souvenir of ... Unveiling and Dedication ...
Our Blog http://ukniwm.wordpress.com/2007/07/30/derby-war-memorial-in-the-news/
GeographPhotographhttp://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/601269
WikipediaCollagehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Derby_War_Memorial_Collage.jpg
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