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Town or City: Blackpool
County: Lancashire
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM975

Value of grant: £3750.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: English Heritage/Wolfson Foundation Grants
Year: 2009

UKNIWM reference number: 565

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Blackpool memorial after © Blackpool Council date unknownThe Blackpool war memorial is a Grade II Listed granite obelisk on three-stepped plinth and set of square steps located on the seafront. Each side of the plinth has large bronze reliefs depicting allegories of Victory, Grief and Justice. There are also four smaller reliefs of servicemen. Alongside the main obelisk are two freestanding chest tombs with covers of cast bronze listing the names of the fallen.

In 2009 a grant was awarded through the Grants for War Memorials Scheme to clean the memorial, replace the corroded ferrous fixings, clean and re-wax bronze plaques, and to replace missing elements of the bronze work. A grant payment of £3,750 was paid in 2011 towards a project cost of £7,503.

The obelisk was constructed in 1923, designed by J.C. Prestwich, the panels being by Gilbert Leward. The design was selected by competition and cost around £15,000 to construct. The contractor was Clegg and Sons and the masons were Messrs Kirkpatrick.

A rededication ceremony was held in 2008 following the addition of a second new memorial, in the form of a choir loft, to those who struggle freedom in all conflicts and civilian casualties

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM975
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 565

National Heritage List

If you have a concern about this memorial please contact the Trust on conservation@warmemorials.org

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