Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Simon Raine


Clock, bell and plaque 1914-18 1939-45 St. John





Map ref

NZ 441382

Original Location

St. John's Church (Closed)

Present Location

The plaque is now in Hesleden School. The fate of the clock and bell is undecided.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Dedicated by the Bishop of Jarrow 04/12/1927 the clock started and tablet unveiled by Lieut.Col. W. Thomlinson of Seaton Carew.

Memorial Description

Clock with blue face and gold Roman numerals. Protected from above by an overhanging roofed frame.
There is a plaque for 1914-18 which is 1 foot 6 inches high x 2 feet 4 inches wide on a wide wood pattress. It would seem that the pattress has been deepened to allow for the addition of the 1939-45 plaque. There is a wide border of elaborate design, culminating in squares at the four corners.
The names are listed in four columns. The lettering is incised in red and black lettering, using elaborate lettering for the dedication and plain capitals for the names.
Below this is a matching plaque for 1939-45, same width but about 6 inches high.
Underneath is a shelf 3 feet long and 7 inches deep with hooks for hanging wreaths.

Materials used

Brass plaque.


a. To the Glory of God / and in Proud and Loving Memory / of the Men of Hesleden / who gave their lives in the / Great War 1914-19 / Names / this Clock and Bell were erected.

b. And the following who fell in 1939-1945.



1. The church is closed and the use of the building changed. In 2010 a decision has to be made regarding the clock.

2. The memorials were moved to Blackhall St. Andrew's then to Hesleden Community Centre. The Centre has now closed and the memorials have been relocated in Hesleden School.

3. There is also a wood board with letters incised in Roman capitals. This reads: “These memorials with the / chest and altar rails / were removed from the / old church of St.Mary / Monkhesleden”.

4. One of the memorials reads: “The Sanctuary lamp / is in affectionate memory of / The Reverend Archibald Brown / Vicar of this Parish / 1908-1923”. He would have been Vicar throughout the Great War.

5. When the memorials were moved to the Community Centre, they were reset on another oak pattress so that the 1939-45 plaque was no longer below the 1914-18 plaque. This arrangement also included the H124.02 plaque.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Simon Raine; C. Sanders; Eddy Castling; Dorothy Hall

Durham Chronicle 09/12/1927 reports unveiling. (Available on The British Newspaper Archive)

The Monumental Brasses of County Durham William Lack, H. Martin Stuchfield and Philip Whittemore 2002 ISBN 095 4327101.

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale, C. Sanders; Eddy Castling; Dorothy Hall; Monk Hesledon Parish Council; Stan Gray; Barry Bates

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Clock, bell and plaque 1914-18 1939-45 St. John (H124.01)

HESLEDEN      Outside St. John’s Church
   To the Glory of God
   and in Proud and Loving Memory
   of the Men of Hesleden
   who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-19
   Gordon Bazeley      Edward Gillespie   Matthew Mortimer    William Smith 
   Christopher Brown   George Gargett     Harry Porteous      James Studham
   George Brown        John Gallagher     John D. Pearson     John George Smith 
   John Carling        Arthur W. Hunt     George T. Ramsey    Frank Scott
   Herbert W. Castling George Hesp        George Redshaw      Thomas T. Tindale
   Patrick Cavanagh    James Harvey       Joseph Ramshaw      Alex Thompson
   William Copeland    John C. Haswell    William H. Rowe     Henry Wooff 
   Thomas Clayton      James Keith        Joseph Smith        William Wilson
   Timothy Edwards     James Leven        Laurence Shortridge Robert Storey
   John T. Fairhurst   Norman MacMorran   Wm. H. Sanderson    John Robinson
   Arthur R. Hooker    Thomas S. Dobson 
   This Clock and Bell were erected.
   And the following who fell in 1939-1945
   Fred E. Eggleston   Francis W.E. Armstrong Alex Dawson    Jack Nesbitt
   John Rowell         Cyril Copeland         William Brown  George Baldwin

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