Na­tional recog­ni­tion for listed memo­ri­als

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EX­TEN­SIVE re­search by West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil has been suc­cess­ful in earn­ing seven of the area’s war memo­ri­als a place on the Na­tional Her­itage List for Eng­land.

War memo­ri­als pro­vide com­mu­ni­ties with an en­dur­ing link to those hun­dreds of thou­sands who gave their lives in WWI.

They are an in­te­gral part of the so­cial his­tory of our vil­lages and towns and are im­por­tant places of com­mem­o­ra­tion for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

West Lan­cashire has a num­ber of free­stand­ing war memo­ri­als, many of which are found in pub­lic spa­ces, parks and within Church­yards.

Six of the memo­ri­als in the bor­ough are pub­licly owned by the coun­cil.

To mark the cen­te­nary of WWI, His­toric Eng­land has em­barked upon a five-year project to na­tion­ally recog­nise the im­por­tance of war memo­ri­als and add those memo­ri­als which meet the na­tional cri­te­ria to the Na­tional Her­itage List for Eng­land.

As part of the na­tional project, over the last 18 months, West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil’s her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment team has re­searched the his­tory of our war memo­ri­als cur­rently not listed and un­der the na­tional project has been suc­cess­ful in get­ting seven fur­ther war memo­ri­als na­tion­ally recog­nised and added to the Na­tional List for Eng­land.

This means that 15 out of the 18 free­stand­ing war memo­ri­als in the bor­ough are now listed and na­tion­ally recog­nised.

The newly-listed war memo­ri­als are:

Banks, in the grounds of St Stephens Church, Banks.

Tar­leton, in the grounds of Holy Trin­ity Church, Church Road, Tar­leton.

Great Alt­car, in the grounds of St Michael and All Angels Church, Lord Sefton Way, Great Alt­car.

Hes­keth Bank, in the grounds of All Saints Church, Sta­tion Road, Hes­keth Bank.

Burscough, corner of Junc­tion Lane and Liver­pool Road South, Burscough (coun­cil-owned).

Lathom, Hall Lane, Lathom (coun­cil-owned).

Orm­skirk Com­rades, Corona­tion Park, Orm­skirk (coun­cilowned).

Cllr John Hod­son, port­fo­lio holder for planning said: “West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil un­der­stands that it is very im­por­tant for com­mu­ni­ties to re­mem­ber the fallen ser­vice­men and women who have given their lives for their coun­try.

“Recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of our war memo­ri­als to pub­lic re­mem­brance is im­por­tant to us and get­ting these war memo­ri­als ‘listed’ means that they will con­tinue as last­ing re­minders of the sac­ri­fice made by our ser­vice­men and women.”

More on the coun­cil’s war memo­ri­als can be found on the coun­cil’s web­site at www.west­lancs.gov.uk/warmemo­ri­als.

The me­mo­rial at Orm­skirk; in­set, Cllr John Hod­son

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