St. Wilfrid Standish Peace Gate/ Wigan Coal and Iron, Standish Pit Plaques

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Reference WMO169694


St Wilfrid's C of E Church

Church Street

jct Market Place





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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Gate
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Sandstone
Lettering: Raised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Grade II listed gatehouse to St. Wilfrid's churchyard, built in 1926 to remember the dead of the first world war, and later, of the second world war. There is an inscription on the outside wall and within the gate are rolls of honour for both wars. There are also five plaques covering six coal pits belonging to the Wigan Coal and Iron Company in the area, recording the dead and those who won honours in the Great War. These have been moved from their original sites to this position. (See also memorial reference WMO166038 and 251031, 207406, 180706, 257335, 257336, 257401) Nineteen such plaques were erected at the Company's pits and works, mostly in Lancashire, but also at Manton Colliery, Worksop. Historic England listing entry - Gatehouse to Church of - St. Wilfrid G.V. II Gate house. 1927. By Austin and Paley. Stone. 2 storeys with small lean-to bay to left return and octagonal turret to right. Cornice with bosses carved with cardinal virtues and embattled parapet; 3 angles have projecting angels with symbols of biblical virtues. Weathered buttress to left. Tudor-arched entrance has continuous moulding and enriched spandrels, with rose and pomegranate. 1:2:1-light canted oriel has cusped lights and frieze with carved harp,fleur- de-lys and trinity fishes; hipped roof. Small light with label to lean-to bay. Turret has inset war memorial plaque and Standish arms. Cornice and top panelled sides with mullion and transom, and cusped panels; leaded lights; cornice and embattled parapet. Rear similar; statue in niche with nodding ogee over arch; flanking buttresses and 2 mullioned windows of 2 lights to left. Lean-to bay has elliptical-headed entrance. Entrance passage has inscribed frieze and memorial tablets.
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To the greater glory of God Amen. This memorial gate was built as a tribute to the men of Standish who counting death no loss valiantly made the last sacrifice in defence of their hearths & homes in the European war 1914-1918. The men 'whose praise is throughout all the churches'. 'Who stands if freedom fall, who dies if England live'. Kipling. Sons of this place let this of you be said, that you who live are worthy of your dead. These gave their lives that you who live may reap a richer harvest ere you fall asleep. R..... Each of the pit plaques is inscribed thus above the name of the pit: IN MEMORIAM _ THE NAMES HERE RECORDED ARE OF _ THOSE MEN WHO WORKED HERE _ AND WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR _ THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR _ AUGUST 1914 TO NOVEMBER 1918 _ AS WELL AS THE NAMES OF THOSE _ WHO OBTAINED MILITARY DISTINCTION _ IN THE WAR _

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