North Eastern Railway Company

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Reference WMO/151045

Address:

Station Rise

York

YO1 6GA

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Obelisk
Materials:
  • Stone Portland stone
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: A memorial obelisk with surrounding walls with inscriptions. The memorial is by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Due to concerns over the inscriptions plaques were attached to the retaining wall in 2011 as the condition of the stone meant that it was not possible to re-incise. WMT are aware of an ongoing project to restore the war memorial. Historic England listing entry -The North Eastern Railway Company war memorial stands at the head of Station Road, just inside the city walls. Of Portland stone, the memorial comprises an obelisk mounted on slightly canted walls screening three sides of a shallow, stepped, podium on which stands the Stone of Remembrance. Screen walls terminate in urn finials, laurel swags and wreaths. The pedestal to the obelisk is carved in relief with a laurel wreath enclosing the armorial shields of the North Eastern Railway Company. The screen wall has a central dedication panel draped in carved laurel garlands flanked by panels bearing the incised names of 2,236 men of the North Eastern Railway Company who lost their lives in the First World War. Behind the Stone of Remembrance 15 slate panels engraved with the names of those lost in the Second War are set in the raised pavement.
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Details from IWM: On wall below Obelisk: IN ABIDING REMEMBRANCE OF THE 2236 MEN OF THE/ NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR, THE/ COMPANY PLACES THIS MONUMENT Left Buttress: THE NAMES OF THE/ FALLEN IN THE WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ AND 1939 - 1945/ ARE RECORDED IN/ A BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE/ ENSHRINED IN/ THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM PLAQUE: THIS MEMORIAL WAS DESIGNED IN 1921 BY THE RENOWNED/ ENGLISH ARCHITECT SIR EDWIN LUTYENS AND BUILT IN 1924, IT/ COMMEMORATES 2236 EMPLOYEES ON THE NORTH EASTERN/ RAILWAY WHO WERE KILLED IN THE 1914/ 1918 WAR. THE ADDITIONAL MEMORIAL WHICH COMMEMORATES THE 51/ FALLEN IN THE 1939 - 1945 WAS WAS UNVEILED IN 1984/ FOLLOWING AN APPEAL LAUNCHED ON THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY/ OF THE ORIGINAL UNVEILING/ THE NAME OF ALL THE FALLEN ARE RECORDED IN A BOOK OF/ REMEMBRANCE WHICH CAN BE INSPECTED DURING NORMAL/ HOURS AT THE MAIN RAILWAY HEADQUARTERS/ ADJACENT TO THIS MEMORIAL

Grade II* (England)

1256553

York Central Historic Core Conservation Area

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