Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: C.N. Dallison


Gates Benson 1901 Abbey Grounds





Map ref

NY 934639

Original Location

Beaumont Street

Which war

South Africa 1899-1902

Dedication, Creation or Publication date


Memorial Description

Gateway and ornamental gates leading into the Abbey grounds. The whole memorial is about 15.3m wide, the double main gates are 310cm high x 183cm wide and the smaller pedestrian gates are 250cm high x 132cm wide. These are flanked each side by a low curving wall with ornamental railings.
Bronze plaques are mounted on the two main gateposts, oval in shape, in the form of laurel wreaths. The inscriptions on the inner plaque are in raised lettering, unpainted, using sans serif and Roman lettering, but are cast in a way as to vary the size of the lettering, which gives the appearance of being distorted as if viewed through a magnifying glass.

Materials used

Iron (steel?) gates, bronze plaques.


Left hand gate:
These gates
were presented by
T.W. Benson, Esq.
of Allerwash,
who also by his generous
contribution, enabled
the Town of Hexham
to acquire these grounds
as a public park.

Right hand side:
These gates
were erected
T.W. Benson, Esq.,
of Allerwash
in memory of his brother
Colonel G.E. Benson


See above.

Who commissioned

T.W. Benson, Esq.

How money was raised

Private donation

Present condition



Col. Benson is also remembered at Hexham on H51.01 and Newbrough N12.03. He is also in the Grammar school register

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo: C.N. Dallison; old postcards: John S. Perry

Hexham Courant 10/02/1912; 09/03/1912; 06/04/1912; 08/06/1912; 06/07/1912; Opening 10/08/1912.

Morpeth County Library Postcard collection

External web link

Research acknowledgements

The late Ken and Dorothy Southern; C.N. Dallison; John S. Perry;Tony Harding

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