Westfield House and Memorial Village

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Reference WMO/133380

Address:

Westfield Village

West Road

Lancaster

LA1 5NY

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Composite
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Sandstone
  • Stone Slate
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: A village of 30 cottages built on land around Westfield House, former home of Sir Thomas Storey. The memorial village was created to provide "a settlement for disabled service men", more houses have been added subsequently. In the middle of the village is a memorial statue of a soldier supporting a kneeling wounded soldier on a plinth of stone masonry. The foundation stone was laid by Lord Richard Cavendish on 26 November 1919, the village was opened on 27 November 1924 by FIELD MARSHAL THE EARL HAIG KT GCB OM GCVO KCIE, and the memorial statue unveiled on 4 August 1926 by Sir Archibald Hunter GCB MP. The statue is of a soldier supporting a wounded kneeling comrade and was designed by Jennie Delahunt. The village itself was designed by Thomas Hayton Mawson. Additional houses were added between 1927 and WW2 and others in the 1950's after a fundraising drive launched in 1943. Electric lighting was installed in 1935. The land was donated by Herbert Lushington Storey. The land given was the area of the former Storey Mansion with associated outbuildings plus 16 acres. Miss Mary Simpson of Lancaster left a bequest of £3,000 in 1935 for the village. This is part of the Regimental War Memorial- see also the Books of Remembrance in Lancaster Priory-WMO/279208. Since 1980 the village has been owned by the Northern Counties Housing Association. The memorial village has been designated as a conservation area by Lancaster City Council (War memorial. Statue dated 1925. Signed 'Jennie Delahunt'. Bronze on sandstone ashlar base. Plinth of rectangular plan with re-entrant corners, on base of 2 steps. The statue depicts a soldier with rifle and helmet supporting a kneeling wounded comrade and giving him a drink from a flask. Attached to the base is a plaque inscribed: The memorial provides the focal point of the formal layout of the 'village' and terminates the view from the entrance gateway. ) There is a new Centenary of WW1 plaque on the reverse face. On the right hand side at the entrance is the Sir Thomas Storey House- the social centre of the village
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THE WESTFIELD WAR/ MEMORIAL VILLAGE/ FOUNDED IN GRATEFUL/ REMEMBRANCE OF THE/ SACRIFICES MADE BY THE/ KINGS OWN ROYAL/ LANCASTER BATTERIES/ ARTILLERY AND OTHER/ LANCASTRIANS IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ THE CHILDREN OF/ SIR THOMAS STOREY/ GAVE THE PROPERTY/ THE COTTAGES WERE BUILT/ BY PUBLIC AND INDIVIDUAL/ SUBSCRIPTION THE VILLAGE/ / WAS DESIGNED BY/ THOMAS HAYTON MAWSON; Centenary Plaque-11th November 2018/To commemorate the Centenary/of the end of World War I and to acknowledge the sacrifice,/dedication and courage of our/Armed Forces past and present/"We will remember them"; On Sir Thomas Storey House- Slate Tablet 1- SIR/THOMAS STOREY/HOUSE; Slate Tablet 2-FORMER HOME OF/THE STOREY FAMILY/PHILANTHROPIC BENEFACTORS/TO WESTFIELD WAR MEMORIAL VILLAGE

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Grade II (England)

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