ICA War Memorial Awarded Grade II Listing
We are delighted to announce that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed that The Liverpool Cotton Association War Memorial is now listed at Grade II on the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England.
One such memorial was raised by the Liverpool Cotton Association as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by those of its members who lost their lives in the First World War.
Some 2,500 members enlisted, of whom 358 died, all are remembered and are commemorated by the memorial.
The sculpture of an infantryman, by Francis Derwent Wood (1871-1926), was erected on a tall stone pedestal to the front of the colonnade of the Liverpool Cotton Exchange, fronting Old Hall Street. It was unveiled on 5 April 1922 by Field Marshal Earl Haig, and dedicated by the Bishop of Liverpool, Dr FJ Chavasse.
The sculpture now stands on Exchange Flags, close to the Nelson Monument and every 11 November, the ICA host a Remembrance Service that all at Exchange Flags attend to pay their respects.
ICA Marketing and Events Officer, Tom Lowndes, worked on the submission to Historic England and championed the campaign to give the memorial the recognition that it deserves. Tom says: “I’m pleased that DCMS has chosen to acknowledge the historical and cultural significance of the memorial. I am hopeful that this announcement will allow us to proceed with plans to maintain and preserve the memorial for many more years”