Photo: Joyce Lintner, Canada
Item #: 1832
The main entrance to St Wilfrid's Church is through the Peace Gate, which was built by public subsciption to honour the dead of the First World War 1914-1918. The names of those who fell in that war are inscibed on tablets to which were added the names of those who died in the war of 1939-1945. In a niche above the gate on the inside there is a statue which is said to represent St Wilfrid.
The gate was officially unveiled in 1926, and it may be that this photograph was taken on that occasion.
As a war memorial the Peace Gate is unique in that many of the coal mines in the area installed bronze plaques inside the gates carrying the names of the miners they had lost in the Great War.