Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

War Memorial, Exeter, Devon

Regarded as the finest war memorial in Britain, this stunning work is situated in Northernhay Gardens near to the remains of Rougemont Castle. Designed and sculpted by the Exonian artist John Angel, it was erected in 1923, and consists of a granite plinth & pedestal which was excavated from Haytor Quarry on Dartmoor. Four bronze statues sit on each of the cross points and a bronze statue representing victory stands on the top. 

The above photo shows three of the four figures, the V.A.D Nurse, the Prisoner and the Soldier. The Prisoner not only depicts the prisoner of war, but also the work carried out by Lady Owen and other Exonians with prisoners of war in Germany. The Sailor, representing Devon's connection to the sea, and the part played in the war by those who helped to feed the nation as well as those who fought, is shown in the photo below. 

The V.A.D. nurse, below, is shown holding a bandage. By her side is a sheaf of corn and a shrapnel shell, depicting the other work of agriculture and armaments that women performed during WWI.

Northernhay Gardens is the oldest space in England purely dedicated to the public, originally laid out as a pleasure walk for the residents of Exeter in 1612, and is Grade II listed by English Heritage. Quarried in Roman times for stone to make the city walls, a stretch of Roman wall is still extant, along with the only length of Saxon wall remaining to be seen in Britain.

I took these photos on a grey, cloudy day back in 1992, which was perfect for the sillouette of the sailor overlooking the skyline below.

More photos can be seen in the Photo Gallery album. 

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