Nicholson War Memorial
|Nicholson War Memorial|
|Town or city||Leek|
|Inaugurated||20 August 1925|
|Height||90 feet (27 m)|
|Design and construction|
|Architecture firm||Thomas Worthington & Sons|
|Designations||Grade II listed|
|Renovating firm||Prestec Ltd.|
The Nicholson War Memorial in Leek, Staffordshire, England is a 1925 war memorial. It was commissioned by local manufacturer Sir Arthur Nicholson and his wife Lady Marianne, ne Falkner, in memory of their son Lieutenant Basil Lee Nicholson, who was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium, in 1915, at the age of 24; and in memory of all the other local men who died fighting in World War I. It now has plaques commemorating and naming 535 Leek and district men and women who died during World War I and World War II.
Structure and design
It is a Grade II listed building in the form of a red-brick tower clad in Portland stone, with four 2.06 metres (6.8 ft) diameter, illuminated clock faces. There are decorative wrought iron and bronze gates and lamp standards. It was designed by Thomas Worthington & Sons, of Manchester, with tablets desgigned by The Birmingham Guild of Artists. It was built by Messrs E & A Frith of Macclesfield and Mr Thomas Grace of Leek. The ironwork was made by a blacksmith called Mr Hart, of Salford.
The memorial was officially opened and dedicated on Thursday 20 August 1925 at 2.30pm. A Thursday was chosen as it was the day of half day closing for local shops. Many local factories also closed that afternoon, as a mark of respect.
Basil's brother Lt Colonel Arthur Falkner Nicholson (known as Falkner Nicholson) presided at the dedication. The other surviving brother, Lt Col Malcolm Nicholson, was also present. A dedication tablet was unveiled by Lieutenant General Sir Charles Harington Harington, at the time General Officer Commanding, Northern Command, and the dedication was by Lionel Payne Crawfurd, the Bishop of Stafford.
Two memorial tablets listing the names of the dead were unveiled by two boy scouts, who had each lost their father during the war, Frank Prime and Cyril Plant. Plant died during World War II, serving with the Royal Navy.
At the ceremony, the deeds to the land and the building were presented to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands and to Leek Urban District Council, who agreed to accept responsibility for the memorial on behalf of the people of Leek.Leek Town Council inherited that responsibility on their formation in 1974.
Around the top of the memorial are the names of battles involving the 46th (North Midland) Division, which included the Old Leek Battery and the Territorial 1/5th and 1/6th Battalions of the North and South Staffordshire Regiments, in which men form Leek served.
Following a £178,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund the tower was restored by Prestec Ltd. of Lichfield and the clock mechanism replaced. Alterations were made to the interior of the building, to allow public access.
The original clock mechanism is now on display in a local museum.
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- "BBC News - Staffordshire war memorial opens up for guided tours". BBC Online. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "The Nicholson War Memorial, Leek". Prestec Ltd. Retrieved 9 February 2012.