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Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery

The Grade II* listed LinkExternal link Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery dates from 1925. It was built on the site formerly occupied by Stockport Grammar School

The memorial hall is entered via a screen of two Cipollino marble columns with bronze capitals based on the Tower of the Winds in Athens. It has a top-lit sail-vaulted hall with saucer dome. Walls are lined with Mazzano marble with white marble plaques recording the names of 2,200 dead of World War I, with further marble plaques added to commemorate the dead of World War II and later conflicts. A large sculpture of white marble set back from centre of hall and framed by apse features a life-size figure of Britannia draped with a flag, holding a sword of honour and a wreath, with the figure of a young man at her feet kneeling upon a shield which is crushing a serpent.

The idea for building an art gallery was current in 1912, but it was not until 1919 that it was resolved that the war memorial for Stockport should combine a commemorative sculpture, memorial hall and exhibition gallery. The site was donated by trustees of the late Samuel Kay J.P.A committee, with advice from the distinguished war artist Francis Dodd, chose the design of Gilbert Ledward. The building's foundation stone was laid on 15 September 1923 and it was inaugurated on 15 October 1925 by Prince Henry, George V's son.

War Memorials Online: LinkExternal link
Imperial War Museum: LinkExternal link
by Gerald England

Created: Tue, 18 Apr 2023, Updated: Thu, 20 Apr 2023


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