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Saltaire Congregational Church War Memorial Obelisk

A Grade II Listed Building in Shipley, Bradford

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Latitude: 53.8389 / 53°50'19"N

Longitude: -1.7906 / 1°47'26"W

OS Eastings: 413878

OS Northings: 438087

OS Grid: SE138380

Mapcode National: GBR J91.3F

Mapcode Global: WHC92.GRKY

Plus Code: 9C5WR6Q5+GQ

Entry Name: Saltaire Congregational Church War Memorial Obelisk

Listing Date: 24 May 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1435177

ID on this website: 101435177

Location: Saltaire United Reformed Church, Moorhead, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD18

County: Bradford

Electoral Ward/Division: Shipley

Parish: Shipley

Built-Up Area: Shipley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Shipley St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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First World War memorial, 1920.


MATERIALS: Bolton Wood stone obelisk, bronze plaque.

DESCRIPTION: The memorial stands in the grounds of the United Reformed Church (Grade I-listed Congregational Church including Salt Family Mausoleum), to the south-east of the church and in close proximity to a number of other listed buildings. The Bolton Wood stone obelisk, square on plan, stands at c5m tall rising from a plinth and two-stepped base.

On the front face of the obelisk is a bronze plaque topped with a Latin cross encircled by a wreath. The bronze plaque bears a raised inscription which reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO/ THE UNFADING MEMORY OF THE/ MEN WHOSE NAMES ARE HEREON/ INSCRIBED WHO IN THE GREAT/ WAR 1914-1918 AT THE CALL OF/ KING AND COUNTRY ENDURED/ HARDNESS, FACED DANGER, AND/ FINALLY GAVE THEIR LIVES THAT/ OTHERS MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM/ (25 NAMES).

On the front face of the plinth is a dedication in raised lettering that reads GREATER LOVE HATH NO/ MAN THAN THIS THAT A/ MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE/ FOR HIS FRIENDS.


The war memorial commemorates 25 men who lost their lives in the First World War. Funds for the memorial were raised by the Pastor and there is an associated Roll of Honour within the church which lists not only the fallen from the congregation and school, but also all who served. The memorial was unveiled in 1920 by Reverend P Drummond Pringle MA. It was designed by RG Phillip ARCA of Bradford and was built by Messers J and P Obank, Bradford. The bronze plaque was cast by Messrs Carpenter and Sanctuary, Shipley. In 2014 the memorial was cleaned and the bronze plaques re-patinated.

Reasons for Listing

Saltaire Congregational Church War Memorial Obelisk, which stands beside the Congregational Church, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it made in the First World War;
* Degree of survival: unusually, the memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and thus retains its original design intent;
* Group value: with numerous designated assets including the Congregational Church (including Salt Family Mausoleum to South) (Grade I), and within the Saltaire World Heritage Site.

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