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War Memorial

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Location

Street:High Street
Town:Burwash
Parish:Burwash
Council:Rother District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:TN19
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:Junction with School Hill, next to St. Bartholomews Church
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:59
Grid reference:J3
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.

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Makers

Name :Sir Charles Archibald Nicholson
     Role:Architect
Company/Group :W.J. Ellis
     Role:Builder

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General Information

Commissioned by: Public subscription
Unveiling date:24/10/1920
Work is:Extant
Object listing:Grade II: of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them
Listing date:25/08/1998
Description:A hexagonal obelisk. On the south face is a wooden door with a stone step at its base, that allows access to the lantern mechanism. The middle step of three steps at the base is hollow and planted with flowers. The top of the first section of the shaft is castellated. On each of the six sides of the upper section, there is a carved shield. The memorial is set in a triangular stone slabbed area with four uplighters. The top section of the memorial is a lantern surmounted by a stone cross.
Inscription:Around the top of the lower section of the obelisk and extending around the six sides:

REMEMBER THE MEN OF BURWASH WHO DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY A.D.1914.1919

At the bottom of the lower section of the obelisk, extending around three sides:

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE


The names of 56 men are carved on its six sides

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Classification

Categories:Roadside / Wayside, Commemorative, Military
Object type1:Shaft
     Object subtype1:Obelisk
Object type2:War memorial
     Object subtype1:WWI and WWII
Subject type1:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Lantern
     Material:None
     Height (cm):180
     Width (cm):80
     Depth (cm):80
Part 2:Six sided stepped base
     Material:None
     Height (cm):60
     Width (cm):210
     Depth (cm):210
Part 3:Obelisk, bottom section
     Material:None
     Height (cm):220
     Width (cm):120
     Depth (cm):120
Part 4:Obelisk, upper section
     Material:None
     Height (cm):220
     Width (cm):100
     Depth (cm):100

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Corrosion, Deterioration
     Condition 2: Biological growth
     More details:Some weather wearing to shields. Some biological growth to the base.
Date of on-site inspection:07/07/2007

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History

History:Sir Charles Nicholson, Bart. was the consultant architect for seven cathedrals as well as the designer of Government House in Jamaica.
The memorial cost a total of £700 including an architects fee of £63 and £590 2s 6d builders fees. The memorial was unveiled by General Lord Horne before a crowd of 2000 including ex-servicemen under the command of Major Joseph Jefferson and his niece’s husband, Lt. Wilfred Maude-Roxby, late of the Shropshire Light Infantry. The Burwash Brass Band under Mr. Edward Jenner played ‘Abide With Me’ then ‘O Valiant Hearts’ with a solo by Mr. Henry Pagden. Finally after prayers the Chairman of the Committee, Lt. Col. Arthur Sutherland Harris JP, requested Lord Horne to carry out the unveiling. The inclusion of the lantern, still lit on the anniversary of the death of each serviceman, is an unusual feature in England, where there are only a handful of others, and is similar to the Lanternes des Morts found in central and southern France. The light was originally an oil lamp lit and then raised by a pulley.
('Burwash: Domesday to Millennium')

'A moving custom has become established over the years at Burwash in the High Weald. Local man Alby Waterhouse took it upon himself to turn on the light at the pinnacle of the village war memorial, beside St. Bartholomew's Church, on the commemoration date of the death of each of the names inscribed. The custom has been continued by his son Richard.'
(Front-line Sussex)
Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'Front-line Sussex: Napoleon Bonaparte to the Cold War'
     Type:Book
     Author:Longstaff-Tyrrell, Peter.
     Date:00/00/2000
     Page:24
     Publisher:Sutton Publishing Ltd. Stroud.

Source 2 :
     Title:'Burwash: Domesday to Millennium'
     Type:Book
     Author:Barkshire, John.
     Date:00/00/2000
     Publisher:John Barkshire. Burwash.


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Date: 05/07/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 05/07/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 05/07/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 05/07/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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