National recognition for listed memorials
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