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Blackpool War Memorial & Cenotaph

Princess Parade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1RQ

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About this venue

The war memorial at the cenotaph on Princess Parade is now classed by Historic England as a Grade II* listed structure. Following its reclassification, the war memorial is one of only five Grade II* listed buildings in the town. It joins the Grand Theatre, Sacred Heart Church, Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes and the Winter Gardens. The Blackpool Tower is a Grade I listed building. The main reasons are for the memorial’s upgrade ae; Sculptural interest: for the high-quality bronze sculptural plaques by Gilbert Ledward, a leading sculptor and President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, illustrating the role of women both on the Home Front and in uniform, plus the rare depiction of a fallen German soldier; Rarity: as a rare example of the depiction of women on a war memorial, including a wife and child left behind by enlisting men, a nurse, a grieving widow and a small girl, and an extremely rare depiction of a fallen German combatant; Architectural interest: as a finely constructed and imposing white granite obelisk 30m tall, with well-crafted relief sculpture to the base of the obelisk and plinth; Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the twentieth century; Group value: with the Grade II listed North Pier and the Grade II Clifton Hotel. Originally unveiled in 1923, the war memorial underwent a major restoration in 2007/8 when the stonework and bronzes were cleaned and the new memorial to civilian casualties to conflict; ‘The Choir Loft’ by Artist Ruth Barker was added. The new memorial was unveiled by the Duchess of Cornwall who attended the re-dedication service on the 27th June 2008.

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Opening Times

  • The venue is open 24hrs.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Blackpool North.
  • There is a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The name of the nearest tram stop is North Pier.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks. View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Grand Metropole Hotel.
    • The car park is located off the promenade.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Access Point (Metropole Hotel)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located opposite the Metropole Hotel.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the pathway leading to and beyond the access point.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Access Point (North Pier)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located opposite the North Pier.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the pathway leading to and beyond the access point.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

War Memorial & Cenotaph Grounds

  • There are tarmac pathways with a slight gradient leading to the War Memorial & Cenotaph.
  • On either side of the Memorial & Cenotaph there are 6 medium height steps.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • Facing the Memorial & Cenotaph is a wall of remembrance.
  • There is a slight ramp in front of the wall to access the lower level.
  • There are also 2-3 steps in front of the wall.
  • There are no seating areas within the grounds of the War Memorial and Cenotaph.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.

Standard Toilet(s)