French Prisoners (Napoleonic)

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Reference WMO/122132


Off the south-bound carriageway of the A1(M) heading east on the A15 toward Yaxley and Peterborough

London Road (A15)

Norman Cross


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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Animal Figure
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Limestone
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: French Armed Forces: Architect H P Cart de Lafontaine, sculptor J A Stevenson, builder J Thompson & Co, erected by the Entente Cordiale Society. Limestone column with square cap surmounted by a bronze eagle, plinth with bronze plaque inscribed 'IN MEMORIAM THIS COLUMN WAS ERECTED AD 1914 TO THE MEMORY OF ONE THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SOLDIERS AND SAILORS, NATIVES OR ALLIES OF FRANCE TAKEN PRISONERS OF WAR DURING THE REPUBLICAN AND NAPOLEONIC WARS WITH GREAT BRITAIN AD 1793-1814 WHO DIED IN THE MILITARY DEPOT AT NORMAN CROSS WHICH FORMERLY STOOD NEAR THIS SPOT 1797-1814. DULCE . ET . DECORUM . EST . PRO . PATRIA . MORI.'(c Historic England) A replacement Imperial Eagle crowns the monument toppled in 1990 and the eagle stolen when it stood by Norman Cross roundabout, a few metres to the west on the Great North Road. Between 1793 and 1814 more than 30,000 French prisoners of war were incarcerated in the camp that stood in the adjacent field. On 28th July 1914, exactly 100 years after the closure of the camp, the original monument was erected as a memorial to the 1,770 men who died there. The replacement bronze eagle by sculptor John Doubleday was placed atop the re-sited column and re-dedicated by the 8th Duke of Wellington on 2nd April 2005. (c Richard Croft on geograph) The memorial is across the road from the Premier Inn, just off the A1(M) to the east
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