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Denton War Memorial


Denton War Memorial Site:

The memorial stands in Victoria Park, Denton.  It is by the Victoria Street entrance which faces Gould Street.

Description:

Standing 20ft high and weighing 90 tons, the memorial is grey in colour and in the form of a cenotaph.  It is fixed into a solid concrete bed more than a yard thick.

The memorial was constructed by Messrs J. and J. Hirst of Denton, who were also co-designers; the other party being Mr Arnold Radcliffe; the son of Mr Clarence Radcliffe of Radcliffe and Ogden, Silk Hat Manufacturers - one of the towns many hatting firms.

Having organised a competition to decide on a design for the memorial, the council proved unable to choose between Hirst and Radcliffe, and the £30 prize was shared between them; parts of both designs being adopted.

Four steps lead up to the memorial on four sides.  At the front, the dates 1914 and 1918, surrounded by wreathes, are either side of a panel of names.

Above, on the central column, it states:

'In grateful and undying remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 - 1918.  This memorial has been erected by their fellow townsmen July 1921'