Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Dorothy Hall


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside





Map ref

NZ 41?38?

Original Location

Roadside, at entrance to Parklands, at eastern end of village.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled 11th January 1922 by the Earl of Durham, dedicated by Dr. Hensley Henson, Bishop of Durham.
b. Unveiled 7th November 1948 by Col. R.O. Gatheral of Byers Green Dedicated by Rev. T.W. Huntley Vicar of Castle Eden.

Memorial Description

Cross, 25 feet high, of Blomfield type, with bronze Crusader’s sword fixed at the crossing. Set on octagonal base on two steps set on wide octagonal platform. The whole is surrounded by white posts with chain linking between them.
Bronze plaques bearing the dedication and names have been affixed to the sides of the pedestal. The lettering is in raised Roman capitals.

Materials used

Heworth stone cross, bronze plaques, York flagstone surround.


a. To the memory / of the men of / this parish who / gave their lives / in the Great War / 1914-1918. / They died for / liberty and honour.
b. To the / Glory of God / and in memory / of the men / who fell in the / Second World War / 1939-1945


Who commissioned

War Memorial Committee


Estimated at £600.

How money was raised

Public subscription. Site, plus £100, donated by Col. Burdon, who lost his only son in the war. His wife gave £25.

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Designed by Messrs. Hicks & Charlewood, Newcastle. Cross made by R. Beall of Newcastle; bronze plaques made by J.W. Singer & Sons of Frome.

Ownership and maintenance

At the unveiling, Col. Longdon, chairman of the War Memorial Committee, handed over the charge of the memorial to Mr. J.W. Nimmo, Chairman of the Parish Council.


1. The proposals also included placing plaques in the churches in Castle Eden and Wingate, and the Roman Catholic Church at Hutton Henry.

2. In 2014 War Memorials Trust offered a grant of £1295 towards the conservation of this memorial. The memorial was cleaned using a DOFF steam cleaning system. Loose and defective mortar was raked out by hand and open joints were re-pointed using lime mortar, colour matched to the stonework. The bronze plaques were treated with microcrystalline wax.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Simon Raine; C. Sanders; J.Random; Dorothy Hall; old postcard: Tony Harding

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail 27/03/1920; 11/01/1922

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 14/01/1922

Auckland and County Chronicle 12/01/1922; 19/01/1922 reports unveiling.

Illustrated Chronicle 12/01/1922 carries report of unveiling with photos.

Northern Echo 12/01/1922 reports unveiling of 1914-18 cross; 08/11/1948 reports unveiling of 1939-45 plaque.

Durham Chronicle 02/04/1920 reports proposals

Seaham Weekly News 13/01/1922 reports unveiling.

Durham County Advertiser 27/03/1920 reports proposals.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 12/01/1922 reports unveiling.

Tyne & Wear Archives Ref: DT.CC/213/7 contains 2 photos of plaques from this memorial.

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail 06/11/1948 gives notice of unveiling and dedication. 08/11/1948 reports unveiling. (Available on The British Newspaper Archive)

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; C. Sanders; Tony Harding; John Random; Dorothy Hall; Syd Reed; Yorkshire Regiment Remembrance

Research In Progress

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Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside (C102.02)

CASTLE EDEN        Roadside
   To the memory
   of the men of
   this parish who
   gave their lives
   in the Great War
   They died for
   liberty & honour.
Left hand panel
   Thomas Hindson Biggins 
      Pte. Som. L.I. 
   Rowland Burdon 
      Capt. & Flt. Comdr R.F.C. 
   Thomas Burns 
      L/Cpl. Durham L.I. 
   James Henry Francis Butts 
      Pte. Canadian Infy. 
   Henry Cave 
      Chief Engr. H.M.T "Ilston". 
   Robert Cockburn 
      Pte. K.O.S. Bordrs. 
   Fredrick Dawson 
      Pte. W. Yorks. Regt.  
   Thomas Dixon 
      L/Cpl. Canadian Infy. 
   Ernest Dobson 
      Pte. Royal Warwick. Regt.  
   Charles Gordon Forster, M.M. 
      Cpl. Durham L.I. 
   Matthew Gibson 
      Cpl. Durham L.I. 
   John Gorrie 
      Sgt. Durham L.I. 
   Victor Grimes 
      Pte. Durham L.I. 
   Ernest Hindmarch, M.M. 
      L/Cpl. Durham L.I.  
   Robert Jones 
      Sgt. Durham L.I. 
Right hand panel
   William Lane
      Pte. Canadian Infy.  
   Frederick Cecil Longden
      Capt. Durham L.I.
   John Lowther
      Gnr. R.G.A.
   William Leslie Nimmo
      2/Lt. Northumberland Fus.
   Ernest Peacock
      Pte. W. Yorks. Regt.
   James Purvis, M.M.
      Sgt. Durham L.I. 
   William Arthur Routledge
      Cpl. Leicestershire Regt.
   Herbert Henry Sanderson
      Stoker H.M.S "Falmouth"
   John Wearmouth Sanderson
      Sergt. A.O.C.     
   Thomas Sawdon  
      Pte. Durham L.I. 
   Robert Botcherby Sword  
      Cpl. E. Yorks. Regt. 
   William Christopher Thubron   
      Pte. Yorks Regt. 
   John Hutchinson Tristram 
      Lt. Worcester Regt. 
   Thomas Wetherell
      Pte. Notts. & Derbyshire Regt.
   Richard Wilson 
      Pte. K.O.S. Bordrs.
Third panel
   To the
   Glory of God
   and in memory
   of the men
   who fell in the
   World War
   Edward Charles Cooper 
      Corporal, Royal Air Force 
   Gordon Gibson
      Flight Sergt., Royal Air Force
   Reginald Hind
      Ordinary Seaman, H.M.S Torrent
   John Kenneth Morton
      Flight Sergt., Royal Air Force
   Guy Trevor
      Flight Lieut., Royal Air Force

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