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COUNTESS PILLAR

Interesting monument erected in 1656 by the redoubtable Lady Anne Clifford to commemorate her final parting with her mother in 1616. There's an adjacent stone where money was left for the poor on each anniversary.

The monument is on the west-bound carriageway of the A66 where it is impossible to stop. Take the turning off the A66 to Brougham Castle, park on an unused section of old road and walk east along a path.

Location/Address: A66
Brougham
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA10 2AB
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: The Countess Pillar
Tip/Nearby: Brougham Castle, Clifton Hall, Eamont Bridge, Acorn Bank
Primary Management: English Heritage
The Rebel Tree in Clifton

The Battle of Clifton Moor took place on 18 December 1745 and was, many believe, the last battle on English soil. It depends on your definition of ‘battle’. The rumpus at Clifton Moor was more of a skirmish and formed part of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, which culminated in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The rebel Jacobite army was retreating from Derby and its rearguard met up with an advance part of the Government army that was in pursuit. 10 Government troops were killed and 12 rebels. The action delayed the Government force and facilitated the Jacobite retreat. There are a number of points of interest in the village of Clifton. Firstly, the Rebel Tree in the south part of the village marks the possible site of the fighting and is the traditional burial place of the Jacobites. There is a small plaque underneath the tree which, until fairly recently, was surrounded by fields; it is now surrounded by a small residential estate. Across the road, opposite the George and Dragon pub, is the Kelter Well – an old village well where someone has placed another memorial plaque to the battle. A memorial stone in St Cuthbert’s churchyard (north end of the village) marks the burial place of the Government soldiers. The cottage where the Duke of Cumberland spent the night is still there.

Location/Address: Clifton
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA10 2ER
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Tip/Nearby: St Cuthbert's Church and Clifton Hall, both in the village. Eamont Bridge has prehistoric remains. Brougham Castle and Penrith nearby also.
Primary Management: Local Authority
EDWARD I MEMORIAL, Burgh by Sands

Large and lonely memorial to King Edward I of England, who died near here on Solway Plain on 7th July 1307, en route to invade Scotland - again.

Post code is for the village church. Walk from there or take a minor road north toward the Solway, park on a small piece of waste ground and complete your visit on foot across soggy paths/fields.

Location/Address: 1.25 miles NNW of Burgh by Sands
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA5 6AW
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: Memorial to Edward I
Tip/Nearby: Hadrian's wall runs through the village. Visit St Michael's church.
Primary Management: Local Authority
Cambridge American Cemetery

The Cambridge American Cemetery commemorates almost 9,000 Americans who died while based in the UK, or travelling here, during the Second World War. It is the only World War II American military cemetery in the United Kingdom. The site was established as a temporary military burial ground in 1943, on land donated by the University of Cambridge, and has been granted free use in perpetuity by HM Government. It was dedicated in 1956, covers 30.5 acres and lies on a gentle slope overlooking farmland. Simple, white marble, headstones – mostly crosses – mark the resting place of 3,811 of America’s war dead - the missing are listed on large panels. There is a fascinating, and moving, visitor centre as well as an impressive memorial building.

Location/Address: Madingley Road
Coton
County: Cambridgeshire
Post Code: CB23 7PH
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: The Cambridge American Cemetery
Tip/Nearby: Just outside Cambridge
Primary Management: Other
COCKLESHELL HEROES MEMORIAL

Memorial to 'the Cockleshell Heroes' who took part in Operation Franklin in 1942. One of their number was Marine Albert Laver, who came from Birkenhead. The memorial was unveiled in December 2012 by Lord ('Paddy') Ashdown.

Location/Address: Woodside Promenade
Birkenhead
County: Wirral
Post Code: CH41
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: The Rose Garden and the Cockleshell Heroes
Tip/Nearby: The memorial is a few yards due west of Woodside Pier and Ferry Terminal.
Primary Management: Local Authority
NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM

The National Memorial Arboretum is a centre of remembrance for the fallen - members of the armed forces, civilian services and ordinary people.  It is set in 150 acres of reclaimed gravel pits between the rivers Trent and Tarne.  There is an astonishing variety of memorials - 320 of them at the last count - to every conceivable group you can imagine - surrounded by 30,000 trees.  It is both impressive and humbling.

The NMA is managed by the Royal British Legion.

Location/Address: Croxall Road
Alrewas
County: Staffordshire
Post Code: DE13 7AR
Main Historic Period: Modern
Primary Management: Other
St Nicholas, Moreton

St Nicholas Moreton is world famous for the unusual engraved glass windows by Laurence Whistler and for the grave of Lawrence of Arabia (soldier-philosopher T E Lawrence) in the nearby cemetery, following his funeral in the church. The church was originally dedicated to St Magnus Martyr, Earl of Orkney (why?), but this was changed to St. Nicholas in 1490. A German bomb on 8 October 1940 extensively damaged the church, blowing out all the glass. Created as part of the refurbishment following the war, the 13 engraved glass windows (1955-85) are by Sir Laurence Whistler, who revived glass engraving in the 20th century. Lawrence of Arabia had a bolt-hole at Clouds Hill nearby and was killed on his motorcycle just along the road from it in 1935.

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Location/Address: Moreton
County: Dorset
Post Code: DT2 8RH
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: St Nicholas Moreton website
Tip/Nearby: Clouds Hill, Bovington Tank Museum
Primary Management: Church authorities
Postman's Park

Postman's Park opened in 1880 on the site of the former churchyard and burial ground of St Botolph's Aldersgate. It was popular with workers from the old General Post Office nearby - hence its name - and is home to the unusual Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice. G F Watts (1817-1904) was a painter and philanthropist who proposed a park commemorating 'heroic men and women' who had given their lives attempting to save others. The result is an installation at the park consisting of glazed tablets containing bare information about dramatic acts in which ordinary people - men, women and children - perished trying to save others.

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Location/Address: King Edward Street
County: London
Post Code: EC1A 7BT
Main Historic Period: Edwardian
Useful Website Address: City of London website page
Tip/Nearby: St Paul's tube station
Primary Management: Local Authority
Golden Boy of Pye Corner

The Golden Boy at Pye Corner is a carved wooden figure covered in gold on the corner wall of a building at the junction of Giltspur Street with Cock Lane. As it says below, the statue "was erected to commemorate the staying of the Great Fire which beginning at Pudding Lane was ascribed to the Sin of Gluttony when not attributed to the papists as on the Monument and the Boy was made prodigiously fat to enforce the moral he was originally built into the front of a public-house called the Fortune of War which used to occupy this site and was pulled down in 1910."

Region:
Location/Address: Giltspur Street
County: London
Post Code: EC1A 9DD
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Tip/Nearby: Smithfield Market, Old Bailey
Primary Management: Unknown
WALLACE MEMORIAL, Smithfield

Memorial to Scottish hero Sir William Wallace, who was executed nearby in 1305. The memorial was set up in 1956.

Post code is approximate - memorial is on the wall of St Bart's Hospital.

Region:
Location/Address: West Smithfield
County: London
Post Code: EC1A 9DS
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Wallace Memorial, Smithfield
Tip/Nearby: Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield Market
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