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Clara Vale, war memorial garden

Clara Vale


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Some of Tyne and Wear's smallest and simplest gardens are also amongst its most charming. Small gardens around war memorials are an especially poignant group. A small triangular enclosure {1}. This is a small, triangular shaped memorial garden with a polished granite memorial column in the centre. The column is square on plan with a stepped base. Above it is a cornice below a triangulated capstone, topped by a decorative, draped urn. To the front (north) face WWI deaths are commemorated, with WWII deaths commemorated on a side (east) face. A cherry (?) tree grows between the memorial and one of the surrounding walls, which are of brick with concrete copings. Low, white painted iron railings with decorative details top the walls. There are small, robust stone gate piers to the entrance. STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE The memorial garden is very small, but makes an important contribution to the Conservation Area in which it is set. It has its own unique character created by the singular shape of the plot and the combination of treatments to the boundary which are only semi-formal – the whole composition being a peaceful setting for the memorial. The stone is unusual and of high quality, with the urn carving well-executed. It creates a small oasis within the village, and the seat outside enables people to enjoy the space. DATES 1920 LOCAL LIST




Fiona Green, 1995, A Guide to the Historic Parks and Gardens of Tyne and Wear, p 31; Gateshead Council Local List X20/LLG/04;

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