Stepney Boys Home

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Reference #251895

Address:

Guardian Lane

North Stifford

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Latin cross
Materials:
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Leaded
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: A shafted cross, octagonal in plan, on which is hung a wreath, all set on an octagonal plinth and base. The plinth carries the names of the 'Stepney Boys who laid down their lives during the Great War'. There are approximately thirty names. HISTORY: This memorial is sited on the crescent green at the Stepney Home, established in 1901 by Stepney Board of Guardians to house 200 boys and girls. The home was taken over by London County Council in 1930. It is an example of the cottage-home system whereby workhouse children were instead moved to rural developments and sent to local schools. Many cottage-home villages were built in the early-C20, often in an Arts and Crafts influenced style. Stepney's cotrage-home development, similarly to Salford's and Hackney's, adopted the layout of curving rows of homes around a green. Of note at Stepney was the prominent centrepiece of the distinctive Arts and Crafts style water tower, which converted in the early-C21, along with the former principal's house across from the memorial; the cottages are demolished. (c Historic England listing entry) It is clear that the site has now been redeveloped as a modern housing estate. The IWM Archive entry refers to the memorial having been refurbished and resited in the same area by the developer.
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6 o'clock face: THIS MEMORIAL/ IS ERECTED IN MEMORY/ OF THE STEPNEY BOYS/ WHO LAID DOWN THEIR/ LIVES DURING THE/ GREAT WAR,/ 1914-1918./ "GREATER LOVE HATH NO/ MAN THAN THIS, THAT A/ MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE/ FOR HIS FRIENDS."/ JOHN XX 13. 8 o'clock face: (Names) 9 o'clock face: (Names) 12 o'clock face: COUNCILLOR J. D. HAMLYN/ CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD/ (1918-1919)/ MR. GEORGE LEWIS/ CHAIRMAN OF THE/ CHILDREN'S HOMES &/ APPRENTICING COMMITTEE/ (1915-1919) 3 o'clock face: (Names)

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Grade II (England)

1391297

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