SJ9499 : Angel of Victory, Ashton-Under-Lyne War Memorial

taken 2 years ago, near to Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside, Great Britain

Angel of Victory, Ashton-Under-Lyne War Memorial
Angel of Victory, Ashton-Under-Lyne War Memorial
The crowning group at the top of the memorial comprises the winged figure of Victory bending over a collapsed and wounded soldier in battlefield dress, her arm around his right shoulder. The soldier, wounded and exhausted, holds a spray of laurels in his bandaged left hand. The winged figure of peace supports him. Having received the laurels of everlasting gratitude, the soldier hands over his sword, the symbol of justice, which the winged figure takes into her keeping. Victory stands upon a jumbled assemblage of weaponry, equipment and machinery components symbolising the three armed forces, including an aircraft propeller, ropes, sails and an anchor, a tank gear-wheel, artillery guns, rifles and steel helmets. This crowning group is made of bronze and weighs two tons.
Ashton-Under-Lyne War Memorial

The Ashton-Under-Lyne war memorial is a monumental neo-classical composition which stands at the centre of the Memorial Gardens, between Old Street, Crickets Lane and Mossley Road. The memorial stands 35ft high and is constructed of Portland stone. It comprises a tall square shaft supported on a pedestal with a moulded plinth, standing upon a three-tier stepped platform. There are two lions, one either side of the central column. One is in combat with the serpent of evil, while the other has crushed the serpent and is triumphant. The crowning group at the top of the memorial comprises of a wounded soldier and the winged figure of Victory.

The memorial bears 38 bronze panels bearing the names of those who died in the Great War. Each is inscribed with about 40 names, a total of 1,512. The names of those who died in the Second World War 301 in all are on two panels, one housed on the extreme left of the memorial, and one on the extreme right. A bronze tablet on the front of the memorial states: “Erected in honour of the men of Ashton Under Lyne and district who fought for King and Empire in the Great War, especially those who sacrificed their lives, and whose names are recorded hereon 1914-1919”. Beneath this panel is a smaller one, long and narrow, stating “1939-45” (SJ9499 : Ashton-Under-Lyne War Memorial -Dedication). On the front of the central column, in bronze, there is a wreath above four panels which state, reading downwards: “Belgium, France, Gallipoli, Egypt, Italy,” (SJ9499 : Ashton-Under-Lyne War Memorial (detail)). The same style is used on the back with: “Mesopotamia, Africa, Turkey, Macedonia, Russia.”

The architect was Percy Howard who was born in Ashton. The memorial was unveiled on Saturday, 16 September, 1922. Originally listed at Grade II in 1987, it was redesignated in 2016 and now has Grade II* Listed status (Historic England List Entry Number: 1067996 LinkExternal link ).

LinkExternal link - Viual Arts Directory/Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project.

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Tuesday, 8 January, 2019   (more nearby)
Sunday, 13 January, 2019
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