St Matthew

War Memorial

The Vestry Meeting minutes of December 1919 contain a proposal to erect a War Memorial to be installed within the church. A sum of £250 was to be raised by subscriptions to meet the cost. Several other discussions are recorded regarding the type of memorial thought most suitable and eventual the commission was given to the a firm by the name of Martyn and Co, who were said to be specialist in this type of work. A faculty document specifies that the memorial was to be manufactured using Hopton Wood stone and bronze. Hopton Wood stone is quarried at Brassington near Matlock Derbyshire. It is a cream coloured limestone varying from light to dark dependent on the depth of the strata is comes from. The memorial was finally installed on the wall of the north transept and dedicated on 18th March 1921. The faculty also records the inscription:

To the Glory of God
in memory of those who fell in
Great War 1914-1918
Their name liveth forever

Research to date has not revealed if individual names were inscribed, if there was a further memorial after the Second World War, or if additions were made to the existing one. Its fate at the time the church closed is also unknown.