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Victoria Street


Victoria Street War MemorialSite:

In Newton, at the fork in the road where Cartwright Street leaves Victoria Street.

Description:

A Pedestal surmounted by a new bronze statue of a soldier (erected in 2005). The memorial is surrounded by railings.

It was described as follows in the "Hyde Reporter” at the time of its unveiling: "From the ground, the monument rises in three successive diminishing bases on which is a large die surmounted by a cap on which stands the figure of a soldier symbolising the brave fellows to whom the memorial is erected”.

The memorial is 12ft high, and the bottom base is 4ft square.

History:

Alderman H.G. Turner unveiled the memorial on march 13, 1920, supported by the Rev. H. Howson  (St. Mary’s) Mr J.W. Hinchcliffe (chairman of the committee), Councillor Thomas Middleton , Councillor A. Haughton and Councillor T. Cooper.

The decision to build the monument was taken by a committee formed on August 13, 1917, at a meeting held in Hallbottom School. The land was given by Alderman Turner, and the work was done by Messrs Willoughby Wilde and Sons at a cost of £282.

At the unveiling ceremony, Kingston Mills Band played "O God our Help in Ages Past,” the Rev. Howson led prayers, after which came the Last Post, "Hearts of Oak” and the National Anthem.

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