Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Simon Raine


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside





Map ref

NY 852408

Original Location

Half a mile north of the village on the north side of the B6295.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled June 1922 by Col. Leather, 20th D.L.I., dedicated by Rev. J. Harrison, vicar of Heathery Cleugh

Memorial Description

Cross of Ionic type of rough hewn stone in semi-circular roadside site enclosed by a stone wall in which the front side is open. The shaft and cross are elaborately patterned with a Celtic-style decoration carved to stand proud. The words “Lest We Forget” are raised in carving on the shaft between the dates above and below.
The dedication is borne on the front of the pedestal, the lettering incised. To the left of the inscription is a carved sword and wreath in half relief.
At the front of the base is the dedication for 1939-45.

Materials used



a. 1914 / Lest / we / forget / 1918. In honour / of the men / of this parish / who fell in / the Great War.
b. 1939-1945




How money was raised

Site given by J.J. Peart of Bents House.


1. There is a vast panoramic sweep of moorland on all sides. It is the most westerly, the highest (1373 feet) and perhaps the most isolated memorial in the county, and is also the furthest from the sea.

2. From the style, a guess is made that this was made by the firm of Beattie of Carlisle.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: C. Sanders; Simon Raine; Jillian Gibson-Stephenson; Dorothy Hall

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 03/06/1922

Auckland and County Chronicle 01/06/1922 reports unveiling.

Durham County Advertiser 20/11/1919

Illustrated Chronicle 29/05/1922 reports unveiling.

Darlington & Stockton Times 03/06/1922 reports unveiling.

Consett Guardian 02/06/1922 reports unveiling.

Northern Echo 29/05/1922 reports unveiling

Stanley and Consett News 01/07/1922 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 29/05/1922 reports unveiling.

Weardale Museum Folder containing details of war memorials

A Hundred Years on : 1909-2009 Celebrating the Centenary of Cowshill and Lanehead Village Hall,Ian Reedman; Published by Cowshill and Lanehead Village Hall; £9.99; ISBN 9 780956 421005 gives details of village life and the lives of the men named on the memorial.

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; C. Sanders, Gillian Gibson-Stephenson; John and Mavis Dixon; Dorothy Hall; Ian Reedman; Ken Heatherington

Research In Progress

Ken Heatherington has researched the names on the local memorials. His research is available at Weardale Museum and High House Chapel, Ireshopeburn Co Durham DL13 1HD. Opening Hours 2pm - 5pm, Easter and Bank Holidays, May, June, July, Sept, and October (Wednesday to Sunday inclusive). Every afternoon in August. Contact

Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside (C118.01)

COWSHILL     Copthill.
On shaft

On pedestal

   In honour
   of the men
   of this parish
   who fell in
   the Great War
   Vickers Bell
   William Edward Bell
   John Carr
   Peter Conacher
   Albert Milburn
   Philip Milburn
   John Morley Peart
On base

   Joseph Allan Baty
   Lawrence Hewitson Johnson
   John Robert Peart

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Parish Notes

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