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War Memorial

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Steine Gardens
Town:Brighton
Parish:Brighton
Council:Brighton & Hove City Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN1
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Object setting:Garden
Access is:Public
Location note:Facing south on Old Steine
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:162
Grid reference:F9
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:TQ310060

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Makers

Name : H. Cashmore
     Role:Letter carver
Name : C. Kerridge Jnr.
     Qualify:and
Name : John W. Simpson
     Role:Architect
     Qualify:and

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General Information

Unveiling date:07/10/1922
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Brighton & Hove City Council
Object listing:Grade II: of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them
Listing date:26/08/1999
Description:A large memorial pool with a fountain in the centre. At one end of the pool is a colonnade of four-sided stone columns in a stepped ‘U’-shape. At the centre is a semi-enclosed temple formed by a tall rectangular panel of stone filling the space between two columns and a roof surmounted by a small stone dome. Theatres of WWI are carved in the stone panel facing the pond and on the inside of the temple space there is a metal inscription plaque and a stone altar table. The upper part of the dedicatory panel has a wreath and festoon of laurels. Four smaller panels on the frieze contain the arms of the chief county towns
Inscription:Back of the central altar, facing north, raised letters:

WE CHEERED YOU FORTH NOBLE AND KIND AND BRAVE
UNDER YOUR COUNTRYS TRIUMPHING FLAG YOU FELL
IT FLOATS TRUE HEARTS OVER EACH QUIET GRAVE
BRAVE AND NOBLE AND KIND HAIL AND FAREWELL


Above the columns, around the top of the south face, carved letters:

A GOOD LIFE HATH
ITS NUMBER OF DAYS
BUT A GOOD NAME SHALL
CONTINUE FOR EVER

Bronze plaque, back of the central altar, facing north:

THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED
TO THE
SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN
OF BRIGHTON
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918
THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945
AND SUBSEQUENT CAMPAIGNS

THEIR NAMES ARE RECORDED
IN THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
IN THE
PARISH CHURCH OF ST PETER

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Classification

Categories:Military, Composite, Architectural, Commemorative
Object type1:War memorial
     Object subtype1:WWI and WWII
Subject type1:Symbolic
Subject type2:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Inscribed pillars
     Material:Portland stone faced with bronze
     Height (cm):230
     Width (cm):80
     Depth (cm):80
Part 2:Colonnade (altar side)
     Material:Portland stone
     Height (cm):320
     Width (cm):1100
     Depth (cm):220
Part 3:Main colonnaded altar
     Material:Portland stone
     Height (cm):400
     Width (cm):360
     Depth (cm):220
Part 4:Colonnaded pool and fountain
     Material:Portland stone
     Height (cm):320

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:17/04/2007

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History

History:‘…the monument which is to be erected in the Steine Gardens…the centre-piece is in the form of an altar stone, which will bear suitable inscriptions. This is connected by a short colonnade with pergolas, each composed of four columns upholding a roof. The monument is shown reflected in the water of the pool which is to be formed in front. The pool will be surrounded with a stone edging, decorated with urns. The picture also indicates the steps, whereon wreaths may be placed. The erection of this memorial involves the removal of the statue of George IV to a site to be chosen in the Royal Pavilion.
(Brighton Herald Saturday October 15 1921)

The memorial was unveiled by Earl Beatty and contains the names of 2,597 men and 3 women from Brighton who lost their lives in the First World War. It was designed in the form of a Roman Water Garden.

The water represents the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy and the memorial gardens represent the British Army and Royal Air Force.
(City News (Brighton), August / September 2004, page 10.)
Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'Open Air Statues and Memorials' - New Pamphlet Box 17 (typed paper, 2 pages)
     Type:Archive
     Location:Brighton History Centre
     Catalogue reference:JLR 6/5/87

Source 2 :
     Title:Brighton Herald
     Type:Newspaper
     Date:15/10/1921

Source 3 :
     Title:City News (Brighton)
     Type:Newspaper
     Date:00/09/2004
     Page:10


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Date: 17/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 17/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 17/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 17/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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