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Greengates War Memorial in Garden of Remembrance

A Grade II Listed Building in Idle and Thackley, Bradford

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Latitude: 53.8317 / 53°49'54"N

Longitude: -1.7122 / 1°42'43"W

OS Eastings: 419042

OS Northings: 437307

OS Grid: SE190373

Mapcode National: GBR JT4.T0

Mapcode Global: WHC93.NYWF

Plus Code: 9C5WR7JQ+M4

Entry Name: Greengates War Memorial in Garden of Remembrance

Listing Date: 18 March 2004

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1390927

English Heritage Legacy ID: 491096

Location: Bradford, BD10

County: Bradford

Electoral Ward/Division: Idle and Thackley

Built-Up Area: Bradford

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Greengates St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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18-MAR-04 Greengates
Greengates War Memorial, in Garden of

First World War Memorial, erected in 1921, designed and executed by E Wright of Greengates and L F Roslyn of South Kensington, London. It consists of a square column in white Portland stone with a carved top on a stepped sandstone base, surmounted by a winged figure in bronze. The leading face bears an incised inscription "IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF GREENGATES AND DISTRICT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919", with a bronze laurel wreath above. On the three other sides are bronze-coloured plaques with 80 names. On the base is another incised inscription "ALSO IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF GREENGATES AND DISTRICT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR 1939-1945", flanked by two metal plaques with 28 names. A further name is added to the right. Near the top of the column is inscribed (one word on each side) Honour, Freedom, Peace, Justice, and above these are two incised Latin crosses on the leading and rear faces. Near the base of the column is a frieze of stylised leaves. On top of the column is a stone ball surrounded by a laurel wreath. Standing on the ball is a bronze statue of a female winged figure holding a laurel wreath, possibly representing 'peace gained through sacrifice' (contemporary reports), or Athene.
The memorial is set in a flower bed with various associated commemorative items around it, including two triangular stones with metal plaques commemorating royal visits in 1923 and 1928. The whole is in a small memorial garden on one corner of the crossroads.
The sculptor Roslyn is credited with a similar bronze sculpture at Calverley and another at Wetherby as well as others further afield. The two nearby sculptures are more clearly of Athene Nike.
This is a fine example of a large war memorial surmounted by a fine bronze sculpture of a winged Victory.

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, 31 January 2017.

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