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Durham City (County Durham)

The First World War has left quite a legacy within the built heritage of Durham, from the use of buildings as an active part of the war effort to the public display of memorials after the war commemorating those of Durham who served, fought and died in service of their country. Many of the grand Georgian buildings around Old Elvet, Market Place and Hallgarth were used for military purposes during the conflict serving as residential bilets, offices, stables, stores and training sites. The former {railway station D6413} on Gilesgate was used as a Goods Station and transport hub for the movement of provisions, whilst at times the Nationwide bank building was used as a store for such provisions. On the peninsular there are numerous sites within the Cathedral, Castle and University buildings and chapels where memorials attest to the contribution made by inhabitants of Durham to the war effort. The Cathedral itself has a large number of memorials from wall plaques and memorial windows to items of furniture and ornaments donated by families in dedication of lost loved ones. It also contains the DLI chapel which is furnished with numerous memorials dedicated to the service of the Durham Light Infantry in the First World War and various other conflicts. The memorialisation of those who served is a common feature of the city with memorials located in churches, public buildings and spaces. Some of these memorials are no longer visible, such as the WW1 tank in Wharton Park and the guns that were placed outside the Castle gates for a period before being dragged to the river and dumped by ex-servicemen - but even though these are no longer visible their records still add to the story of Durham's involvement in the Great War.

Reference number:D44406
Event(s):The identification of Historic Landscapes in Durham Project; Chris Blandford Associates

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