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Workington War Memorial Cenotaph

A Grade II Listed Building in Workington, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.6417 / 54°38'29"N

Longitude: -3.5517 / 3°33'6"W

OS Eastings: 299956

OS Northings: 528499

OS Grid: NX999284

Mapcode National: GBR 3GMR.VW

Mapcode Global: WH5YP.DLYH

Entry Name: Workington War Memorial Cenotaph

Listing Date: 3 August 2007

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1392094

English Heritage Legacy ID: 502336

Location: Workington, Allerdale, Cumbria, CA14

County: Cumbria

District: Allerdale

Civil Parish: Workington

Built-Up Area: Workington

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Workington St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text


Workington War Memorial Cenotaph



A war memorial cenotaph of 1928 designed by the architect Sir Robert Stodart
Lorimer, KBE, ARA, RSA, with bronze panels by Alex Carrick, ARSA.

MATERIALS: Shap pink granite with bronze panels.

EXTERIOR: The war memorial cenotaph measures approximately 30 feet (9.1m) high and stands on a two-stepped flagged-stone base. Each face has a bronze panel inserted into an alcove. Two of the alcoves are large and round-headed while the other two are smaller and circular. The cenotaph's front south east face displays bronze lettering below the alcove reading 'LEST WE FORGET / 1914 - 1918 / 1939 - 1945'. The bronze panel above depicts a soldier bidding farewell to his wife and child. The rear north west face contains a bronze panel depicting a soldier carrying a wounded comrade. Bronze panels on the two side faces depict the two principal industries of Workington and district at the time of the cenotaph's construction; steel making and mining. On the upper part of the cenotaph, in the centre of all four sides, are carved the Coat-of Arms of the County, the Borough, the Border Regiment, and the Royal Artillery. Above the carvings the cenotaph reduces in width and depth and is terminated by a lamp formed in pink granite.

HISTORY: Workington war memorial cenotaph was built at a cost of £3,000 partly raised through public subscription with the remainder being paid by Workington Borough Council. The architect was Sir Robert Stodart Lorimer KBE, ARA, RSA, and all the bronze panels are the work of Alex Carrick, ARSA. It was unveiled on the 24th June, 1928, by Mrs. Catherine Ann Henderson, a local resident, who lost four sons, a brother and a nephew in the First World War, and a dedication ceremony was performed at the same time by The Lord Bishop Of Carlisle. Lord Lonsdale handed to the Mayor of Workington a plain lead casket inside of which was the Roll of Sacrifice containing the names of 554 gallant men of Workington who died during the First World War. The casket was placed in a receptacle set in the rear of the cenotaph and the aperture was immediately sealed. The names of a further 170 gallant men who lost their lives during the Second World War was also placed inside the cenotaph during the 1950's.

SOURCES: Letter from Peter Hayes, Workington Town Clerk.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: War memorials of the First World War are an important reminder of nationally and internationally significant events which had a tragic input on local communities. The Workington war memorial is an extremely well executed example of a First World War memorial cenotaph with second World War insertions of a good quality design.

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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