NZ1366 : Tulips in the Memorial Park, Heddon on the Wall

taken 2 months ago, near to Heddon-on-The-Wall, Northumberland, Great Britain

Tulips in the Memorial Park, Heddon on the Wall
Tulips in the Memorial Park, Heddon on the Wall
The site of the Memorial Park at the entrance to the village was once the site of the Jerry's Pond, a well known watering place for the droves of cattle driven 'on the hoof' to and from the markets of Hexham and Newcastle. It was a common playground for the village children, who not infrequently, were admonished for wet feet and clothes. The pond had formed in the ditch of the Vallum on the south side of Hadrian's Wall probably fed by the natural spring of an old well situated on Chare Bank below the church.

At the end of the 1914-18 war, it was by general consent agreed to erect a memorial in honour of those men from the village who had paid the supreme sacrifice in its cause. With the generous subscriptions from all the parishioners, work was put in hand, the old pond drained, the land levelled and the memorial was erected, a granite cross surrounded at its base with iron railings.

The memorial was enhanced by gardens laid out at the expense of Sir James Knott and was officially opened on 11th Novemebr 1925.

As the photo shows, the gardens are still maintained with pride by local volunteers.

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War Memorial - Heddon on the Wall
The War Memorial was erected in 1922 to honour those men of the village who lost their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918. Names of those from the 1939-1945 War were added later. The small Memorial Park was built on a site originally occupied by the village pond, in memory of the two sons of Sir James and Lady Knott.

It has been customary since its erection in 1922, to wreath the memorial in the form of a cross with poppies on Armistice Day NZ1366 : Heddon War Memorial - Armistice Day, holly at Christmas, daffodils at Easter NZ1366 : Heddon-on-the-Wall War Memorial and white flowers at Whitsuntide.

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Friday, 28 April, 2017   (more nearby)
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Friday, 28 April, 2017
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Lowlands  Paths  Village, Rural settlement  Park and Public Gardens 
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Park 
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WGS84: 54:59.8226N 1:47.5902W
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