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War Memorial Statue, Wolsingham Road, Tow Law (Tow Law)

War Memorial, Wolsingham Road © DCC 31.03.2010
War Memorial, Wolsingham Road © DCC 31.03.2010

War Memorial, Wolsingham Road © DCC 31.03.2010
War Memorial, Wolsingham Road © DCC 31.03.2010

War Memorial, Wolsingham Road © DCC 31.03.2010
War Memorial, Wolsingham Road © DCC 31.03.2010

Side view photograph of War Memorial Statue, Wolsingham Road 2016
Side view photograph of War Memorial Statue, Wolsingham Road 2016

Photograph of War Memorial Statue, Wolsingham Road 2016
Photograph of War Memorial Statue, Wolsingham Road 2016

Close up photograph of War Memorial Statue, Wolsingham Road 2016
Close up photograph of War Memorial Statue, Wolsingham Road 2016

War memorial statue, unveiled 1921. Memorial takes the form of a tall column with clasping Ionic pilasters resting on a two-tiered pedestal. The column supports a decorative plinth, itself surmounted by the life sized statue of a soldier advancing with rifle and fixed bayonet. The whole stands on two sandstone steps enclosed with a low wrought iron railing attached to the lower step on an island site at the junction of Wolsingham Road with Bridge Street and High Street. Front and back faces have the words "For Country" carved in half relief over sunken panels on the main faces of the column. The main dedication is on the front panel whilst the remaining three sides carry the names of the First World War dead of Tow Law in single columns. (1)

The side faces have the dates "1914" and "1919" carved above the names. Names and dedication for the Second World War are found on the two-tiered pedestal below the main column. The memorial possibly reflects the largest proportional differential in the county with 101 names for WW1 and just 2 for WW2 (2-3).

Reference number:D37733
Historical period: Early 20th Century (1901 to 1932)
First World War (1914 to 1918)
Second World War (1939 to 1945)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1232521

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