Oldham Historical Research Group

'What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
- Only the monstrous anger of the guns.'
from 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen

1914 - 1918

and the years thaf followed
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The Dunwood Park

The Dunwood Park Drinking Fountain
'The Friends of Dunwood Park', are submitting a bid for Heritage Lottery Funds to restore the drinking fountain (pictured) which was erected in 1926 in Dunwood Park.
The sculpture on top of the fountain was purchased anonymously by "a gentleman and a lady", of Crompton for £300 and then erected just off the main promenade in the park. The bronze figures of a mother and child stood on a Scottish granite plinth and a working drinking fountain with cup was used by park users to obtain running water.
The bronze tablet in front of the fountain bore the inscription:-
"This fountain is placed here as a mark of appreciation of the self-sacrifice and devotion of women of Crompton during the Great War. Help one another."

Unfortunately the sculpture, plaque and drinking fountain were all stolen in April 1968. The Friends group hope to restore it to its former glory.

You can read the full Heritage Project Brief and contact details HERE,

The ruins of Bethune

The ruins of Bethune
Postcard sent in 1920

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