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War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Higher Croft, Blackburn with Darwen

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Latitude: 53.7239 / 53°43'25"N

Longitude: -2.4631 / 2°27'47"W

OS Eastings: 369537

OS Northings: 425371

OS Grid: SD695253

Mapcode National: GBR CT7C.JV

Mapcode Global: WH972.4NBL

Plus Code: 9C5VPGFP+GP

Entry Name: War Memorial

Listing Date: 17 October 2006

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391785

English Heritage Legacy ID: 496194

Location: Blackburn with Darwen, BB3

County: Blackburn with Darwen

Electoral Ward/Division: Higher Croft

Built-Up Area: Blackburn

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Lower Darwen St James

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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125/0/10006 STOPES BROW

A war memorial, undated and unaccredited.

MATERIALS: White granite with copper decorations, copper statue and bronze inscriptions surrounded by granite kerb topped by cast iron railings.

EXTERIOR: The war memorial consists of a tapered pedestal of white granite set on a low granite plinth surmounted by a statue of a soldier with head bowed in respectful pose with his hands resting on the butt of a vertical rifle which has its barrel resting on his foot. The pedestal is decorated with a copper ribbon which survives on the south fa├žade only, together with a buckle and a wreath. All four faces of the pedestal contain cast bronze inscriptions with missing letters painted in black. The inscription on the south face reads `TO THE / GLORY OF GOD / AND IN / HALLOWED MEMORY / OF THE SEVENTY ONE MEN / FROM THE PARISH OF / ST JAMES LOWER DARWEN / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE / GREAT WAR / GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN / ALSO IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR / 1939-1945'. Beneath 11 names of the fallen of the Second World War have been included. The west, north and east faces contain, respectively, the names of 24, 23 and 24 fallen of the First World War. At the foot of the memorial there is a granite base surrounded by a low kerb topped by cast iron railings, some of which are topped by original cast iron pine cones.

HISTORY: First World War memorial with Second World War additions set back from Stopes Brow and located adjacent to St James's Church and at the entrance to the churchyard. The memorial is undated and unaccredited.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: This well executed First World War memorial with Second World War additions fully meets the criteria for listing for its quality of design as well as for its historic importance as a memorial to the dead of two World Wars.

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.

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