Chatham Naval Memorial :: Shared Description

Chatham Naval Memorial is a large obelisk situated in Chatham. The memorial is now the main feature of The Great Line Heritage Park.
Chatham was a principal manning port of the Royal Navy during the First World War and thus was dedicated as the site of one of three memorials to sailors of the Royal Navy killed during the conflict but who have no grave.
The other memorials were situated at Portsmouth SZ6398 : Royal Navy War Memorial Link and Plymouth SX4753 : Plymouth Naval Memorial Link . The obelisks were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer and the one at Chatham originally contained 8,515 names.
It is made of Portland stone with bronze plaques in 1920. It has steps up to a plinth with inscription plaques, and projecting corners with reclining lions, beneath a stepped base to the obelisk, which has a stepped top to an elaborate finial with corner ships prows and bronze supports to a ball.
After the Second World War and its consequent loss of life, the decision was made to expand the three memorials and so the Chatham Naval Memorial was created from the 'Chatham Obelisk' and was given a surround designed by Sir Edward Maufe which contains 10,098 additional names from the later conflict. The surround is also made of Portland Stone, with bronze plaques. It has two pavilions; north and south which look out towards Chatham. Along the surround are 4 portland stone statues of sailors.

The Grade II listed. LinkExternal link and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. In May 2016 it was upgraded to Grade I listed.
by N Chadwick
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TQ7668 : Main gates, Chatham Naval Memorial by N Chadwick
TQ7667 : Pavilion, Chatham Naval Memorial by N Chadwick
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TQ7668 : Trees, Great Lines Heritage Park by N Chadwick
TQ7668 : Detail, Main gates, Chatham Naval Memorial by N Chadwick
TQ7667 : Pavilion, Chatham Naval Memorial by N Chadwick
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TQ7667 : Chatham Naval Memorial by N Chadwick
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Created: Wed, 3 Apr 2013, Updated: Wed, 25 Jan 2017

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