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

Gateshead War Memorial

Summary

Type War Memorial , War Memorial

     An imposing Cenotaph structure at the junction of two main roads. Two ionic pilasters frame Goulden's art deco-style bronze relief of a warrior. The bronze door has Gateshead's coat of arms in relief above the lettering. The walls behind have two standard inscriptions to the memory of those killed in 1914-19 and 1939-45 wars. Inside is a room of remembrance with a lecturn upon which the book of names is always open.
     A public meeting held in 1920 decided to raise a subscription for a War Memorial, and that this should take the form of a Cenotaph. £5,500 was raised and special note was made of the 9,232 people who donated through house to house collection and of the 20,000 children who donated through their schools. The Souvenir Programme states that the happy end to 'the most terrible War . . . calls us to make the Memorial of such an impressive character as will keep before the eyes of future generations the knowledge of great deliverance'. The strong lines and Art Deco relief fulfill this function admirably, the bronze warrior depicting 'our "Manhood" in an attitude of "Defence", strong, motionless and unconquerable'. Full details of the Service of Dedication are provided in the Programme along with a 'Retrospect and Reminder' by noted local historian, John Oxberry.(1)
    

Inscriptions

Incised over door, Roman letters: MORS JANUA VITAE [death is the gate of life] Incised on block above this: IN MEMORY OF THE PEOPLE OF GATESHEAD / WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE / FOR THEIR COUNTRY. Relief lettering on bronze door: CAPUT INTER NUBILA CONDIT / IN THIS CHAMBER / ARE RECORDED THE / NAMES OF MEN OF / GATESHEAD WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914-19 / THEIR NAME / LIVETH FOR / EVERMORE

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Goulden, Richard Sculptor
Spink, J.W. Designer
Burton, Thames Ditton, A.B. Foundry

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Cenotaph Heworth Burn Blue stone 1000cm high x 420cm wide
Relief and door Bronze 200cm high x 94cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
TWGA06 NE
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road Prince Consort Road
Precise location Junction with Durham Road
A-Z ref 79 E2
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1922
Unveiling details Dedicated 14th May 1922
Commissioned by Public subscription
Duty of care Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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