Ashford War Memorial Institute

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Reference WMO219661

Address:

Greaves Lane

Ashford in the Water

Bakewell

DE45 1QB

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Hall
Materials:
  • Brick Brick
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Ashford War Memorial Institute was built after the 1914-18 war; it was opened on 29th September 1929 by the 9th Duke of Devonshire, and visited by the Prince of Wales on 2nd June 1932. The Duke 'hoped that the Institute would not only be a memorial to the great war but also of the war before'.” (https://www.ashfordvillagehall.com, 2017) A donation of £300 by Mr. Purseglove, well-known local benefactor, led by a subscription list which made its building possible, but it was financed also by much hard fundraising work by Ashford residents - including ladies who at that time were not permitted to be members! Framed Rolls of Honour list those victims of two world wars whose sacrifice the hall commemorates, and a photograph and plaque are a reminder of Mr. Purseglove's generosity. The main hall, snooker room, card room and kitchen formed the original building, and an extension containing cloakrooms and toilets was added in the 1950's, when improvements were also made to the kitchen. In 2014, the Institute was rededicated to both the First and Second World Wars and a service held in their honour.
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Opened by His Grace The Duke of Devonshire K.G. September 28th 1929.

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