Brunswick Village War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Darrell Street, Brunswick Village, Northumberland, NE13 7DS


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Statutory Address:
Darrell Street, Brunswick Village, Northumberland, NE13 7DS

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Newcastle upon Tyne (Metropolitan Authority)
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First World War memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Brunswick Village War Memorial, which stands on Darrell Street, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20; * Architectural interest: a tall and imposing Celtic cross.


Brunswick Village was the settlement serving Dinnington Colliery. The colliery was open from 1867 to 1960. The war memorial was erected in front of the Primary School on Darrell Street, where it was unveiled on 12 March 1921 by Mr RS Barrett (of the Seaton Burn Coal Company, owners of Dinnington Colliery since 1899) and dedicated by Reverend JE Harland. By Messrs WH Endean and Son of Cramlington, the memorial cost £400, raised by public subscription, with a £100 donation from the Seaton Burn Coal Company. It commemorates 52 local servicemen who died during the First World War, and three who fell in the Second World War. The memorial was moved to the opposite side of the road, close to the east end of St Cuthbert’s Mission Church.

WH Endean and Son were responsible for various war memorials in the north-east of England including those at Shiremoor and New Delaval (both Grade II-listed).


The memorial stands close to the pavement on the south side of Darrell Street, near the east end of St Cuthbert’s Church. It comprises a tall Celtic cross in granite. The front face of the cross head is decorated with ornate interlace carving, below which is carved TO/ THE/ GLORIOUS/ DEAD. The cross shaft rises from a tapering plinth, that stands on a square, two-stepped, base.

The names of the First World War fallen are listed on the front face of the plinth. Below, on the front face of the top step of the base, the principal dedicatory inscription reads ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION/ IN MEMORY OF THE BRAVE MEN OF THIS DISTRICT/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE EUROPEAN WAR/ 1914 – 1918. The east face of the plinth reads 1939 – 1945/ (3 NAMES).

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 8 February 2017.


North East War Memorials Project - Brunswick, accessed 22/02/2016 from
War Memorials Online, accessed 8 February 2017 from
War Memorials Register, accessed 8 February 2017 from


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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