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War Memorial (demolished), Market Place, Chester-Le-Street (Chester-le-Street)

The war memorial of Market Place, Chester-Le-Street was erected in 1925 close to the newly erected Chester Bridge that spanned the Chester Burn. In the renaissance style of the Doric order (1) the monument had an arcade front with central arched opening and a square opening to each side. Four steps led up to the front centre of the monument where a large tablet was set in the recess of the central arch bearing the names of Chester-Le-Street's illustrious First World War dead in six columns (2). The whole monument was set within a paved area with low walls and railings - it is here that people gathered for the unveiling. Over the top of the central arch was an elaborate stone shield with St. George's Cross decoration, surmounted by a stone crown and draped in carved foliage (1). The monument was demolished in 1962 due when the Chester Burn was covered over. The plaque was removed and relocated to a wall in Church of St. Mary & St. Cuthbert churchyard (2-4).

Reference number:D48960
Historical period: Early 20th Century (1901 to 1932)
First World War (1914 to 1918)
Mid 20th Century (1933 to 1966)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Chester-le-Street

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