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Cressage War Memorial

Cressage is a village in Shropshire we passed through on our onward journey from Oswestry and Shrewsbury.

The War Memorial is a Celtic Cross and stands at a road junction in the village.

Cressage War Memorial

The base is inscribed, “To the glory of God and in honoured memory of the following men who died on active service in the Great War 1914 – 1918.”

Great War Dedication, Cressage War Memorial

Reverse View. Inscribed, “1939 – 1945. In memory of A. Manning. F. Roberts.”

Cressage War Memorial, Reverse View

New Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury

New Meadow Stadium is the home of Shrewsbury Town FC of the third tier in English football.

On the Saturday we had seen that there was an antique fair taking place in the main stand on the Sunday so we headed there after visiting Powis Castle and Welshpool.

New Meadow replaced the club’s old ground (called Gay Meadow) which was closer to the town centre near the Abbey and the River Severn. For many years in that old location local coracle maker Fred Davies used to use one of his coracles to retrieve any balls which happened to end up in the river.

New Meadow Stadium, Main Stand From Car Park:-

New Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury

Main and North Stands:-

Main and North Stands, New Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Town FC Heroes:-

Shrewsbury Town FC Heroes

Main Stand from south-west:-

New Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury, Main Stand

South and Main Stands:-

New Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury,South and Main Stands

West and South Stands:-

West and South Stands stitch

If you look at the above there’s a blue set of doors between the stands. I took this photo of the main and north stands from the gap in the door:-

New Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury, Main and North Stand from South-west

Inside the main stand this poster for the previous day’s game was still in evidence:-

Poster for Game at New Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury

I took the opportunity to photograph the other three stands from inside the Main Stand.

West Stand:-

West Stand, New Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury

North Stand:-

New Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury, North Stand

South Stand:-

South Stand, New Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury

The club has a distinctive badge featuring three lions’ heads* and the legend Floreat Salopia (May Shrewsbury flourish.):-

Shrewsbury Town FC badge

When I visited the team was going well at the top of their division. Sadly their performance tailed off and they missed out on automatic promotion and also lost in the play-offs. Some of these players left the club for better things in the summer and this season they have struggled a bit, flirting with the relegation places for a while. But I see now they are in thirteenth place with four games to go (though only six points clear of the relegation zone.)

Given that Rochdale have also had a run of poor results since I attended their stadium in November maybe I’m a jinx. Rochdale have also revived a bit recently but are only one point above the danger area with a terrible goal difference – much the worst in the bottom half of that league.

*Edited to add (16/4/19): According to this website they are actually leopards’ heads (known in heraldry as loggerheads.)

Shrewsbury Railway Station

Shrewsbury’s Railway Station Building is impressive. Stitch of two photos as I didn’t have the angle to get it all in one.

Shrewsbury Railway Station

More War Memorials, St Chad’s, Shrewsbury

King’s Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) Roll of Honour:-

KSLI Roll of Honour, St Chad's, Shrewsbury

Roll of Honour, Shropshire Towns:-

Roll of Honour, Shropshire Towns, St Chad's, Shrewsbury

KSLI Battle Honours, St Chad’s, Shrewsbury:-

Great War and World War 2-

KSLI Battle Honours, St Chad's, Shrewsbury

Other Conflicts-

KSLI Other Conflicts Battle Honours

King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and Herefordshire Regiment Memorial

There’s a whole room in St Chad’s, Shrewsbury, dedicated to the memory of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and the Herefordshire Regiment which were affiliated in 1881.

Doorway from interior. Inscribed, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men of the corps of the kIng’s Shropshire Light Infantry in which are incorporated the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and the Herefordshire Regiment who laid down their lives in the service of their country.” (Stitch of two photos.)

Memorial Wall in St Chad's, Shrewsbury

“Aucto Splendore Resurgo.” 4th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry memorial:-

St Chad's, Shrewsbury

“Manu Forte.” The Herefordshire Regiment formerly the Herefordshire Rifle Volunteer Corps now the Herefordshire Light Infantry.

Herefordshire Regiment Memorial, St Chad's, Shrewsbury

World War 2 Memorials, St Chad’s, Shrewsbury

Roll of Honour and Far East Memorial:-

St Chad's World War 2 Roll of Honour and Far East Memorial

Burma Star Memorial:-

St Chad's, Shrewsbury, Burma Star Memorial

Great War Memorials in St Chad’s, Shrewsbury

Great War Roll of Honour:-

St Chad's, Shrewsbury, Great War Roll of Honour

The King’s Shropshire Light Infantry Memorial:-

St Chad's Great War Memorial

Shropshire’s Sacrifice in the Great War:-

Shropshire's Sacrifice in the Great War

St Chad’s Great War dead:-

St Chad's, Shrewsbury, Great War Dead

St Chad’s, Shrewsbury

St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury appeared in the background of one of my photographs of Shropshire War Memorial (previous post.)

The church is an impressive building. (Picture from St Chad’s page on Wikipedia.)

St Chads Shrewsbury.JPG
By Steve Aze, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

The interior is no less so.

Altar:-

St Chad's, Shrewsbury, Altar

Ceiling:-

St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury, Ceiling

Its main interest to me though was the variety of War Memorials it contains – too many to list here. Photographs will be forthcoming.

Shropshire War Memorial, Shrewsbury

Figure of St Michael Archangel inside a circular topped rotunda inscribed, “In memory of the men and women of Shropshire who fell in the two World Wars 1914–18 and 1939–45.”

Shropshire War Memorial Shrewsbury

The statue stands on a hexagonal plinth, which is surrounded by 6 hexagonal plaques laid into the floor of the monument.

In front of the statue, the first plaque is inscribed, “Remember the gallant men and women of Shropshire who gave their lives for God, King and country 1914–18 and 1939-45.” Five other plaques show the county arms of Shropshire, a Croix de Guerre, an empty cross in front of a rising sun, the badge of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and the arms of the town of Shrewsbury.

Shropshire War Memorial, Shrewsbury 2

St Chad’s Church in background:-

Shropshire War Memorial, Shrewsbury  3

A brass plaque on the ground in front of the gates of the enclosure is inscribed, “This War Memorial was built in 1922-3 in honour of the men and women of Shropshire who fell in the Great War of 1914-18. The war dead of 1939-45 are also commemorated by this monument.”

Shropshire War Memorial, Shrewsbury 4

Boer War Memorial, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury’s Boer War Memorial is fairly typical of the type showing a pith-helmeted soldier with rifle:-

Shrewsbury Boer War Memorial

Dedication. “To the memory of the officers, non-commisioned officers & men of the line, militia and volunteer battalions of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry who were killed in action & died of wounds or disease while serving with the 2nd battalion of the King’s Shropshire LI (35th LI) in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony & Cape Colony during the campaign in South Africa.”

Shrewsbury Boer War Memorial Dedicatio

From west:-

Boer War Memorial, Shrewsbury

From east:-

Shrewsbury Boer War Memorial from East

Names:-

ome names Shrewsbury Boer War Memorial

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