National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Birstall War Memorial


Type Cross , War Memorial

     The memorial is erected in the churchyard, the ground of which is higher than that of Front Street, so steps from the entrance gate lead up and around it. The pedestal is of ashlar supporting a square tapering shaft with cable decoration at the corners. The cap of the shaft forms the base of a short-armed ringed cross. On the front face of the shaft is a cross in relief. The memorial is on a two-tiered base with a semi-circular landing towards the churchyard [rear of memorial] and a steep drop to the gate [front].


on the pedestal on slate plaques, incised and gilded: - front face: To the / GLORY OF GOD / and in honoured / memory of the / MEN of BIRSTALL / who gave their lives for / their Country in the / Great Wars / 1914 - 1919 / 1939 - 1945 - rear face: 1914 - 1919 [then follows a list of 17 names in alphabetical order, without ranks, full forename and other intials] - right face: 1939 - 1945 [then follow 2 columns of names, 29 in all, arranged as before, but with forename initials only]

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Thomson, Howard Henry Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
cross limestone ashlar h. 90 cm (est.)
shaft limestone ashlar h. 220 cm; w. 36.5 cm; d. 36.5 cm
pedestal limestone ashlar h. 112 cm; w. 91.5 cm; d. 91.5 cm

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
  • Replaced parts
Road Front Street
Precise location In St James's parish churchyard, immediately inside the entrance from Front Street
A-Z ref 13 H5 (1)
OS ref SK597088
Date of design April 1920 - March 1921 (2)
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details Saturday 5 March 1921 (3)
Commissioned by the people of Birstall
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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