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War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Pinxton, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.0904 / 53°5'25"N

Longitude: -1.3236 / 1°19'25"W

OS Eastings: 445394

OS Northings: 355012

OS Grid: SK453550

Mapcode National: GBR 7DG.85T

Mapcode Global: WHDG3.MLX6

Plus Code: 9C5W3MRG+5G

Entry Name: War Memorial

Listing Date: 17 December 2007

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1392335

English Heritage Legacy ID: 502965

Location: Pinxton, Bolsover, Derbyshire, NG16

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Pinxton

Built-Up Area: South Normanton

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Pinxton St Helen

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text


1261/0/10021 PARK LANE
17-DEC-07 War Memorial

War memorial. Erected c1920 to the memory of the men from the parish of Pinxton who were killed in the First World War.


EXTERIOR: Three octagonal steps lead to an octagonal plinth, which has a modern metal plaque attached to each of its sides, replicating the carved inscriptions underneath. Above the plinth is a tapering octagonal shaft delicately carved with bands of leaves and traceried Gothic niches. The shaft has a square capital with raised 'IHS' Christogram in Gothic lettering on the side facing St Helen's Church. At the top is a foliated and chamfered Latin cross.

INSCRIPTIONS: The plaque on the side of the plinth facing the church reads: 'IN / GRATEFUL MEMORY OF / THE MEN FROM THIS / PARISH WHO FELL / IN THE GREAT WAR. / 1914-1919 / "AT THE GOING DOWN OF / THE SUN AND IN THE / MORNING WE WILL / REMEMBER".' The plaques on the other seven sides have the ranks and names of the fallen, divided by regiment: Notts and Derby Regiment (17 names), Leicester Regiment (4), Lincolnshire Regiment (4), Royal Welsh Fusiliers (13), Royal Fusiliers (2), Northumberland Fusiliers (4), Kings Royal Rifles (2), Royal Warwickshire (2), Royal Field Artillery (3), Canadians (2), Irish Guards (1), Grenadier Guards (3), Royal Engineers (2), and other regiments (12).

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: Two three-sided stone walls, rising at the ends, enclose the octagonal space around the memorial. Metal plaques, replicating the inscriptions on the stone plaques underneath, are attached to the sides facing the church. One plaque is dedicated to the fallen of 1939-1945, inscribed 'FALLEN IN THE CAUSE OF THE FREE', and the other to those who died in 1918-1939 and 1945 onwards, inscribed 'LEST WE FORGET, ALL THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN / TELL THEM OF US'.

HISTORY: Memorial erected c1920 to the men of the parish who were killed in the First World War. On the 1939 Ordnance Survey map, the memorial appears in a circular clearing to the east of the Church of St Helen. Sometime after 1945, polygonal stone walls were erected to the north and south of the clearing, with plaques commemorating the fallen of the Second World War and other conflicts.

SOURCES: Ordnance Survey maps 1918, 1939.

Pinxton War Memorial is designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* As a memorial to the large number of men from the parish who were killed in the First World War, it is a poignant reminder of the tragic impact of world events on the local community
* The cross is well crafted and has fine Gothic detailing
* The inscriptions have special interest due to the unusually high number of regiments the fallen soldiers from the parish of Pinxton belonged to
* There is added interest in the dedications on the surrounding walls to the fallen of the Second World War and other conflicts
* The memorial has group value with the Church of St Helen, in whose graveyard it is situated

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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