SP2382 : Cyclists' war memorial on the Green

taken 7 years ago, near to Meriden, Solihull, Great Britain

Cyclists' war memorial on the Green
Cyclists' war memorial on the Green
It originally commemorated the cyclists who served in the First World War as scouts and messengers, often behind enemy lines lonely, dangerous and sometimes fatal work. Built of concrete faced with Cornish granite, it was unveiled by Lord Birkenhead on Saturday, May 21st, 1921 in the presence of thousands of cyclists. The inscription is at SP2382 : Inscription on the Cyclists' war memorial
A plaque has been added to commemorate cyclists who gave their lives in World War II.
Meriden was a fitting location because before the war it had become a popular destination for the cycling enthusiasts of Birmingham and Coventry. For the photographer it is difficult to lend the memorial the dignity it merits; this viewpoint was chosen to show the incongruous setting at the apex of the green amid shops, parking and constant traffic.
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Date Taken
Monday, 15 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 7 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Roads, Road transport  People, Events 
Place (from Tags)
Meriden 
Region (from Tags)
Arden 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2396 8223 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:26.2513N 1:38.9386W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2395 8222
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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