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British Legion and War Memorials Trust join our call to re-erect Sheffield’s missing war monument

The Royal British Legion and the War Memorials Trust are among the organisations that have joined our call on Sheffield Council to re-errect its Grade II-listed Crimean War monument

Crimean War Monument, Sheffield

British Legion and War Memorials Trust join call to re-erect Sheffield’s missing war monument

The Royal British Legion and the War Memorials Trust are among the organisations that have joined the Victorian Society’s call on Sheffield Council to secure the future of its Grade II-listed Crimean War monument in time for the 160th anniversary of the end of the Crimean War in 2016. The monument, the majority of which has been in storage for a decade, was included in the Victorian Society’s Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings 2014 earlier this month. The Victorian Society is also asking the public to help find the monument’s missing pieces – the elaborately carved top and bottom of the monument’s column.

Numerous organisations have now added their voices to the Victorian Society’s call on Sheffield Council to ensure that this tribute to Britain’s war dead is not left forgotten in a warehouse indefinitely.  

Christopher Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society said: ‘We welcome the support we have received from other organisations and the news that War Memorials Trust may be able to provide funding to help ensure that the monument is available again for all to appreciate and visit. I hope it is not too late for the Council to mark Remembrance Day 2014 with a statement setting out plans to re-erect the monument in time for the 160th anniversary of the end of the Crimean War in February 2016’.

  • The Victorian Society’s call for the re-erection of the monument has been joined by:
  • The Royal British Legion,
  • War Memorial Trust,
  • Mark Goldie, History Professor at Cambridge University and great-great-grandson of the monument’s architect,
  • The Florence Nightingale Museum, and
  • The Victorian Military Society.

Sheffield’s Grade II-listed Crimean War monument, designed in 1858 by George Goldie, was originally very impressive, consisting of a tall column surmounted by a seated figure of Victory with Russian cannons at the base, as shown in the picture above. Road layout changes meant that the monument was moved into Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens in 1960. However, the column did not make the journey and it was rumoured to have been broken up and placed in a park. In fact, much of the column has been lying neglected on a Sheffield housing estate. Unfortunately, the column’s elaborately carved top and base are still missing. The Victorian Society is asking the public to search their neighbourhoods for these distinctive pieces. As the location of the other column pieces shows, they may be somewhere unexpected.

The remainder of the monument remains in storage 10 years after its removal from the Botanical Gardens. Failing to find a new home for the memorial means that Sheffield Council is in breach of its own Listed Building Consent given to remove the memorial. Crimean War memorials are relatively rare as the Crimean War was the first war after which public memorials were erected for ordinary soldiers. This makes Sheffield Council’s decision to hide its Crimean War monument away for over a decade, with its inscription dedicating it to the city’s fallen, all the more sad.

Monday 3 November, 2014

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