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Burnley War Memorial

A Grade II* Listed Building in Burnley, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7739 / 53°46'25"N

Longitude: -2.2208 / 2°13'14"W

OS Eastings: 385546

OS Northings: 430858

OS Grid: SD855308

Mapcode National: GBR DSYS.0X

Mapcode Global: WHB83.VDNR

Plus Code: 9C5VQQFH+GM

Entry Name: Burnley War Memorial

Listing Date: 19 November 1997

Last Amended: 14 June 2017

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1247303

English Heritage Legacy ID: 467234

Location: Rosehill with Burnley Wood, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11

County: Lancashire

Electoral Ward/Division: Rosehill with Burnley Wood

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Burnley St Stephen

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text


906-1/7/145 War Memorial approximately 100m east
of Towneley Hall


War memorial. 1926. By Walter Gilbert of Birmingham. Grey
granite and Portland stone with bronze statuary. Large
monument in unusual form with a wide concave plinth of grey
granite bearing a high sculpted wall of Portland stone flanked
by bronze statues. The sculpted wall is of smooth white stone,
tapering slightly and gradually taking the form of 3
monumental figures which appear to emerge from it: a soldier
in the centre, a sailor on the left and an airman on the
right. On each side is an over-lifesize statue of a woman: to
the left, a mother in a shawl and headscarf, stooping to lay a
wreath, with a cricket bat and ball lying at her feet; and to
the right a wife in a flowing gown looking upwards in concern
and cradling an overflowing floral tribute, with a large palm
leaf at her feet. The wall is inscribed at the foot: "This
monument was erected in memory / of the men of Burnley who
gave their / lives for their fellow countrymen / in the Great
War 1914-1918"; "Make them to be numbered with / Thy Saints in
Glory Everlasting"; with an addendum: "This monument stands
also in honour of / those who died for our freedom 1939-1945".
The rear is inscribed: "The sum necessary / for the erection
of this memorial / was bequeathed by Caleb Thornber, J.P., / a
former mayor and alderman of this borough, / to ensure that
the sacrifice commemorated / should ever be held in grateful
remembrance. / The garden of remembrance was provided by / the
townspeople of Burnley".

Listing NGR: SD8554730851

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 2 February 2017.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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