2011

SP2382 : Cyclists' war memorial on the Green

taken 13 years ago, near to Meriden, Solihull, England

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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Geographical Context: Lowlands Historic sites and artefacts Village, Rural settlement Roads, Road transport People, Events Place: Meriden other tags: War Memorial Cyclists Village Green Arden Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Cyclists' War Memorial [12] · Shops [9] · Park [4] · World War as Scouts and Messengers [2] Other Photos: · Inscription on the Cyclists' war memorial ·
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SP2382, 73 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Robin Stott   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 15 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 7 September, 2011
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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