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War Memorial

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:High Street
Town:Lewes
Parish:Lewes
Council:Lewes District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN7
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:Junction of High Street with Market Street
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:115
Grid reference:K5
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.
OS Reference:TQ4110

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Makers

Name : Vernon March
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Unveiling date:06/09/1922
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Lewes Town Council
Object listing:Grade II: of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them
Listing date:29/10/1985
Description:Tall, square stone cenotaph on low, wide plinth, with cornice, topped by a winged female figure with wreath on a globe. Low stone piers on each side with oval shields carrying the names of the fallen, held by one winged female figure to the east and one to the west.
Signatures:VERNON MARCH Sc.
Inscription:Underneath winged figure:

LIBERTY

On the shield held by winged figure:

IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF LEWES
WHO DIED
FOR THEIR COUNTRY
AND FOR MANKIND
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

On the obelisk:

''THIS
WAS
THEIR
FINEST
HOUR''

On the obelisk:

LIKEWISE
REMEMBER
THOSE OF
THIS TOWN
WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES
IN THE WAR
1939 - 1945

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Classification

Categories:Free Standing, Commemorative, Sculptural, Military
Object type1:Shaft
     Object subtype1:Obelisk
Object type2:War memorial
     Object subtype1:WWI and WWII
Object type3:Statue
Object type4:Sculpture
Subject type1:Symbolic
Subject type2:Allegorical
     Subject subtype1:Full-length
Subject type3:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Standing

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Object Parts

Part 1:Shields
     Material:Bronze
Part 2:Memorial
     Material:Portland stone
Part 3:Figure
     Material:Bronze

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Structural
     Condition 1: Replaced parts
Date of on-site inspection:22/05/2007

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History

History:The Memorial was dedicated to the fallen of WWI on 6 September 1922. Following WWII, the Borough Council invited the public to send in names of the fallen so that they could be added. By 21 July 1950, only 42 names had been received. In the circumstances, a small laque was added commemorating those who died in WWII. Churchill's 'Finest Hour' speech quotes were added to the shaft. In 1977, the Town Council once again considered the matter and Rev. John Hopgood MA and Clr. Dr. Graham Mayhew JP undertook research to collect the names of the town's WWII dead – 126 names were inscribed on two panels on the north and south faces. The Memorial was re-dedicated on Sunday 1 March 1981 in presence of over 100 relatives and representatives from the armed forces.
('Lewes at War 1939-1945')
Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'Lewes at War 1939 - 1945'
     Type:Book
     Author:Elliston, R.A.
     Edition:Revised
     Date:00/00/1999
     Page:195
     Publisher:S.B. Publications. Seaford..


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Date: 22/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 22/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 22/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 22/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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