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Bolehill and Steeple Grange War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Wirksworth, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.0922 / 53°5'32"N

Longitude: -1.5694 / 1°34'9"W

OS Eastings: 428936

OS Northings: 355091

OS Grid: SK289550

Mapcode National: GBR 59H.02Z

Mapcode Global: WHCDV.VJWR

Entry Name: Bolehill and Steeple Grange War Memorial

Listing Date: 21 February 2007

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391951

English Heritage Legacy ID: 496261

Location: Wirksworth, Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire, DE4

County: Derbyshire

District: Derbyshire Dales

Civil Parish: Wirksworth

Built-Up Area: Wirksworth

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Wirksworth St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text


812/0/10016 NEW ROAD, BOLEHILL
21-FEB-07 Bolehill
Bolehill and Steeple Grange War Memorial

First World War memorial built in 1925. Designed by Harry Hopkins and built by W. Gallimore and Sons both of Wirksworth. It is constructed in reinforced concrete blocks which takes the form of an alcove shelter. The memorial is rectangular in plan and built in a classical design. The shelter has a pointed arch roof supported by flanking pilasters. The pilasters were originally decorated with Hopton Wood stone tablets but these have now been removed. The capitals above the pilasters are decorated with moulded concrete wreaths with the inscription of 1914 on the left side and 1919 on the right. In relief across the arch reads `They died that we may live'. On the back wall of the shelter are two white Italian marble tablets. That to the left records the fact that it was erected by public subscription in honour of the men of Bolehill and Steeple Grange who sacrificed their lives in the Great War. The tablet to the right lists the names of the twelve men who lost their lives. A third marble tablet has been inserted on the internal left wall of the shelter. This tablet records the fact that it too was erected by public subscription in memory of the men from Bolehill and Steeple Grange who sacrificed their lives in World War II and lists the two names. A slatted metal bench sits within the shelter.

War memorials have a very strong historical and cultural significance on both a local and national scale. War memorials erected by communities to honour their war dead are generally considered of special interest because of their very strong historic and cultural significance both on a local and national scale. This is a good example, erected in 1925, and dedicated to the men of Bolehill and Steeple Grange who sacrificed their lives in the First World War, and a further two who lost their lives in the Second World War. It is unusual in its form as a recess shelter and innovative in the early use of re-inforced moulded concrete in its construction, which add to its architectural interest. This memorial fully meets the criteria for listing in a national context.

Plan of Bolehill and Steeple Grange War memorial, Harry Hopkins architect and surveyor October 1923
Building contract, W. Gallimore and sons April 14 1924
NGR SK2893655091

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, 25 January 2017.

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

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