War memorials of the north: then & now

Great War memorials in northern towns…….we will remember them

Heritage Calling

The Farthing Collection of 234 negatives and prints was created from original postcards of First World War memorials collected by Mr G Farthing. Who he was; where he came from and why he collected remains a mystery.

The photographic postcards date mainly from the 1920s. Some document the monuments soon after construction or during unveiling ceremonies with hundreds of local people present. Others depict them simply surrounded by floral tributes, or with a few onlookers.

Here are the stories behind seven memorials in the north of England, which suffered great losses in the First World War, along with images of the same memorials today:

Thurnscoe War Memorial, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

A black and white image of a crowd of people gather as a sheet is pulled to unveil Thurnscoe War Memorial The unveiling of Thurnscoe War Memorial 2 October 1920. © Historic England FAR 01-01-148.

Thurnscoe was a mining village during the First World War and the bulk of the money for this memorial was raised by workers from Hickleton Main Colliery…

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