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War Memorial, St Stephen's Churchyard

A Grade II Listed Building in Borrowash, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 52.9057 / 52°54'20"N

Longitude: -1.3815 / 1°22'53"W

OS Eastings: 441695

OS Northings: 334430

OS Grid: SK416344

Mapcode National: GBR 7GH.ZGH

Mapcode Global: WHDH1.R7B8

Entry Name: War Memorial, St Stephen's Churchyard

Listing Date: 29 January 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1428736

Location: Ockbrook and Borrowash, Erewash, Derbyshire, DE72

County: Derbyshire

District: Erewash

Civil Parish: Ockbrook and Borrowash

Built-Up Area: Borrowash

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Ockbrook All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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First World War memorial, erected 1920.


First World War memorial, erected 1920, with stonework by Samuel Hodgkinson of Borrowash and a bronze sculpture of the crucified Christ by Alfred Mowbray and Company of Oxford.

MATERIALS: its base and plinth are of sandstone, the cross is of oak and the canopy was re-covered with slate in the early C21.

PLAN: it is octagonal on plan.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial faces north-west and takes the forms of a calvary cross. It comprises a two-step base, a deep plinth and a canopied oak cross supporting a bronze sculpture of the crucified Christ. The north-west face of the plinth is inscribed: ‘IN / GRATEFUL MEMORY OF / THE HEROIC DEAD / 1914 – 1919’. A second inscription at the base of the plinth reads: ‘GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, / THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS’. No names are recorded on the memorial.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 25 January 2017.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. One such memorial was unveiled in October 1920 in churchyard of St Stephen’s in Borrowash to commemorate the men of the church who fought and died during the conflict. It takes the form of a calvary cross and comprises stonework by Samuel Hodgkinson of Borrowash and a bronze sculpture of the crucified Christ by Alfred Mowbray and Company of Oxford.

Reasons for Listing

The First World War memorial in St Stephen's churchyard, Borrowash, erected in 1920, is listed Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as a dignified wooden cross memorial with affixed bronze sculpture of the crucified Christ.

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