SD7109 : Bolton Cenotaph, Victoria Square

taken 16 days ago, near to Bolton, Great Britain

Bolton Cenotaph, Victoria Square
Bolton Cenotaph, Victoria Square
Situated in Victoria Square, between the Town Hall and Crompton Place shopping precinct, the Bolton Cenotaph War Memorial is possibly one of the finest of the many memorials in England commemorating the 1914-1918 War.

It was unveiled in front of Bolton Town Hall in 1928. Originally commemorating the people of Bolton lost during the First World War, further inscriptions were added after the Second World War.

The memorial is in the form of an arch which encloses a bronze cross overlaid with a crusader’s sword. On either side of this arch, there are bronze figures sculpted by Water Marsden; these were added in 1933 LinkExternal link (The National Archives) shows the memorial before the statues were added).

One sculpture, “Peace Restraining War”, features a seated female figure, representing Peace, restraining the arms of a kneeling male warrior who represents War (SD7109 : Peace Restraining War ). On the other side “Peace seeing the Horrors of War” depicts the figure of Peace raising her hands as the warrior, now dead, lies in her lap (SD7109 : The Horrors of War). (LinkExternal link Your Archives).

The monument is a Grade II* listed structure (Historic England List Entry Number: 1388289 LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )

The inscriptions on the memorial read
“Tell ye your children our brothers died to win a better World our part must be to strive for truth goodwill and peace that their sacrifice be not in vain” (SD7109 : Tell Ye Your Children east face)

“Lest we forget” (SD7109 : Bolton Great War Memorial, Victoria Square west face)
“In undying memory of the men and women of Bolton who gave their lives in The Great War” (SD7109 : In Undying Memory and SD7109 : War Memorial west face)

The dates 1914-1919 and 1939-1945 are also inscribed on the west face of the memorial.

The 1960s shopping precinct is behind the memorial in this photograph, which is taken from outside the Town Hall.

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Date Taken
Monday, 3 February, 2020   (more nearby)
Saturday, 8 February, 2020
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  People, Events 
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Panasonic DC-G9 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 716 091 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:34.7012N 2:25.7786W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 716 091
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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