Blog supporting the campaign to save Fenton’s memorial to The Great War.
Fenton Town Hall contains the community’s magnificent Great War Memorial, the only ceramic scroll memorial to The Great War anywhere in the world! Made from Minton tiles and at 4m x 3m in dimension, the Great War Memorial remembers 498 men who gallantly lost their lives in service of their country. For many of them it is their grave. The Town Hall, built in 1888 and donated to the people of Fenton by the philanthropist William Meath Baker, was recently put up for sale by owners The Ministry of Justice. Unfortunately, they have refused to enter into a dialogue with the community over the memorial’s future and consequently, today, both hall and memorial are under serious threat of demolition.
The memorial’s size and weight means it cannot be moved: it is deeply embedded into a wall at the top of a flight of stairs. But, as neither the memorial nor the town hall are protected, a recent application for listing status was rejected, there could be severe repercussions for the hall, memorial and community should the hall fall into the “wrong hands”.
As we begin to remember the sacrifices made by millions during the Great War, for many it seems ironic that a Ministry of Justice should be about to violate the memory of 498 courageous souls. Your signature on this petition, in requesting the Ministry of Justice put a hold on the sale of the building and listen to the community’s ideas for the town hall, could help the community take on the property, allowing full and free public access to the memorial for the first time in many decades. And we will have a chance of ensuring the preservation of this fabulous piece of heritage – wonderful to all, priceless to many.
This blog provides updates on the campaign and information about the memorial and town hall.