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Darwen’s Newest Listed Structure

Park Road Methodist Church’s War Memorial


After the impressive ceremony that saw Darwen's newest war memorial unveiled on 1st July the Friends of Darwen Cemetery were delighted to received further good news this week when Historic England announced that the Park Road Methodist Church's War Memorial had been awarded Grade 2 status.

In 2003 there was concern that the memorial was going to be moved to Staffordshire.

Through the efforts of David and Karimeh Foster the memorial was saved and in now located in the town's western cemetery. 


The memorial was unveiled on 22nd October 1921 and contains 15 names including James Slater (38) who the oldest and had been awarded the Military Medal and one of the youngest was James Gledhill Doody who was 18 when he enlisted in 1915. He went to France in June and died of his wounds in September 1915. His father was the Head Gardner at the Cemetery and they lived in the South Lodge, located behind the current site of the memorial.

The Park Road memorial stood outside the Park Road Methodist church even when it closed In 1989. The church was sold and the Church was converted into a workshop and private dwelling. The new owner suggested that the memorial be moved and at first to was going to the National Arboretum but a local campaign suggested it stay in Darwen.
The local army engineers brought heavy lifting gear and it was finally found a home opposite the Cross of  Sacrifice in Darwen Western Cemetery.
As a grade 2 monument it now is part of Darwen’s heritage and is listed accordingly to be preserved and cared for as part of the national monument.
                                                    FODC July 2018
World War One Memorial
Unveiling Ceremony



On Sunday, 1st July, in glorious sunshine, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Lord Shuttleworth, dedicated our new World War One monument. The Cemetery was looking at its best after hours of hard work spent sprucing up the paths and flower beds by our dedicated team of volunteers.


Chairman John East opened the proceedings. He pointed out that it was Somme Day, and that at the battle of the Somme on this day in 1916,
Lt Ashton was killed in the first minutes of the offensive.
Lt Ashton is of course commemorated on the Ashton memorial.


Tony Foster told the story of Private Squire Haworth, who saw action at the second battle of Ypres, but who was discharged when found to be suffering from diabetes. He died from a diabetic coma back in Darwen. Tony hopes that he will be eligible for a Commonwealth War Grave.


Our President, Colonel Steve Davies used his speech to thank the many individuals who had made important contributions which enabled the wall to be built. He then invited the Lord Lieutenant to formally dedicate the monument.


After the dedication and the unveiling, the Lord Lieutenant laid a wreath to the fallen.


The Reverend Terry Young then blessed the wall and prayed for the Armed Forces both now and in the past. We then sang the hymn, "Oh valiant hearts" ably led by the Walk This Way choir and accompanied by the Balderstones Brass Band.

                                Photo by Mavis Smith

This was followed by the Last Post, the Two Minutes Silence and the Reveille.

                                                Photo by Mavis Smith

Col. Davies declared that this was the last official duty of John East as Chairman of the Friends and asked for a rousing round of applause for the retiring Chairman.



John East closed the proceedings by announcing that refreshments would be served in the Rose Garden in Whitehall Park.


Unless already advised all the Photographs have been taken
by Roy Cox and Alan Walton

Click on the below link to see many more photographs

Unveiling Ceremony Photographs

                                                                FODC July 2018

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The BBC attend our World War One Memorial
Unveiling Ceremony

Our opening ceremony was filmed for BBC North West Tonight's Local News Program and the reporter was Naomi Cornwell

Our President Col Steve Davies interviewed       Tony Foster interviewed

Richard Westhead interviewed         A close up on the Memorial Plaques

The opening ceremony appeared on BBC North West Tonight later the same day on both the evening and late bulletins

We are looking forward to putting the clip on the website Soon.

Thank you to the BBC for attending our ceremony.
                                                              FODC July 2018

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If you missed our Ceremony and would like to Purchase our 60 page Book that
Accompony the Ceremony



To accompany the unveiling of our World War One Memorial Wall, we have produced a 60-page Book.

This is a comprehensive book and goes into detail on ALL the World War One causalities buried in the Western Cemetery, some with photographs.

It also gives an account of the history of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery group, a history of the Cemetery and an account of the ideas behind commemorating the causalities buried in the cemetery with the Memorial Wall.

some pages from our 60 page Book

If you would like to see more information and photogaphs on this book or look at previous booklets we produced on our popular Cemetery Walks since we formed.

click on the link below

Click Here

The Book is priced at £5.00

You can pick up a copy from Darwen Heritage Centre, Holker House, Railway Road, Darwen BB3 2RJ

We can also post a copy to you,

UK postage + £2.50
European Postage + £5.50
Rest of the World Postage + £8.00

You can pay via Paypal through this website

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If you wish to pay by cheque please make the cheque payable to
The Friends of Darwen Cemetery

And post it to:-
The Friends of Darwen Cemetery
C/O Unit 2A, Hall Moss Business Park,
Bolton Road, Bull Hill,
Darwen BB3 2TT

                                                               FODC July 2018

A Deer has a good look around the Cemetery


One of the local Deer decided to have a good look around the Cemetery early on Tuesday Morning (3rd July) I hope he found it to his satisfaction

                                       Photographed by Chrissy Lake
                                          FODC July 2018

World War One Memorial
Opening Ceremony

1st July 2018 2.30
WW1_Memorial_Invitepm for a 3pm start

The Unveilling will take place at 3pm on the 1st July 2018 and you're asked to assemble at the Cross of Scarifice at 2.30pm.

The Memorial will be Unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, we will have a Brass Band and a Choir at the Ceremony

Following the event there will be refreshments served at the Whitehall Hut in Whitehall Park.

Parking on the 1st July 2018

Due to limited parking in the Western Cemetery we will be implementing a Car Parking Traffic System from 1.30pm

The Entrance between the two Lodges will be closed and only available for Dignitaries, the Brass Band and the Choir.
(members of the Brass band and Choir must be parked up at the latest 2.15pm as the access to Parking will be closed at 2.15pm)

The Main Entrance for Parking will be via Lark Street Gates

We will be implementing a one way system and you will be Marshalled to a parking space.

As we are expecting a large turnout we apologise in advance to any disruption this may cause for the usual visitors to the Cemetery on the day.

Below is a Map of the Western Cemetery and the Car Parking Traffic System we will use on the day


To enlarge the Map
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60 page Book to accompony the Ceremony

To accompany the unveiling of our World War One Memorial Wall, we have produced a 60-page Book.

This is a comprehensive book and goes into detail on ALL the World War One causalities buried in the Western Cemetery, some with photographs.

It also gives an account of the history of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery group, a history of the Cemetery and an account of the ideas behind commemorating the causalities buried in the cemetery with the Memorial Wall.

The Book will be available during the Ceremony, all Donations welcomed for this book (Recommended Price £5.00)

The book will also be available through the website after the event.


Image of how the wall will look


Everybody is Welcome!

                                                                    FODC June 2018

Some Sneek Photos of the WW1 Wall




      FODC Chairman John East          FODC President Col. Steve Davies

                                   FODC June 2018
                                   Photographs by Paul Dargan & John East


Sponsored Walk Raised £200


Members of Whithall Cubs help raise £200.00 by holding a sponsored walk in Darwen Cemetery.

Held on Monday 4th June 2018, to help FODC raise money for the Two Benches that will be placed in front of our New WW1 Commemorative Wall in the Western Cemetery.

The Cubs walked for 100 minutes around the Cemetery, a minute for evey year to commemorate the 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Thank you to the Cubs and Leaders.

FODC June 2018 


Davies Grave

                                     Photograph by Colin Briggs

The Davies grave has been given some TLC  from FODC.

Thanks to Colin Briggs and friends.

The Davies family produced a Darwen mayor, business man, peer of the realm and a Congregational minister.
What a heritage to Darwen from one family.


                                               Photographs by Harold Heys

                                                                 FODC May 2018

FODC General Meeting and AGM

Was held on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at Darwen Heritage Centre, our Guest Speaker this year was Steve Irwin
from Blackburn Museum
and spoke about the
'They win or Die who wear the Rose of Lancaster :
The defence of Givenchy 9 - 11th April 1918'

We also gave an update on the progress of our World One Memorial in the process of being built in the Western Cemetery.

Minutes from our AGM and Chairmans Report


If you would like to read the minutes from our 2018 AGM and Chairmans report, click on the link below.

Minutes of AGM 2018

                                                                 FODC April 2018
Our WW1 Wall is taking Shape!


Our World War One Wall is starting to look impressive despite the weather.

Photographed by John East
                                                    FODC April 2018

Our Martha is waiting for the Cemetery Bus.


Our very own Martha Jane Bury has been out and about on the bus stops advertising boards in both Blackburn and Darwen for International Woman's Day.

Martha who is burried in the Western Cemetery and known as the White Lady was the first 1893 President of the Darwen Co-operative Woman's Guild and leading light in the national movement.
She was a pioneer for the rights of working class women and one of the first women to be elected to the Blackburn's Board of Guardian.
Martha was born in Blackburn in 1850 the daughter of George Walmsley, headmaster of Park Road School, Blackburn and Jane Pearson. Her farther died when she was two and she began working in the mills when she was 11 and moved to Darwen when she was 17, Martha married John William Bury in 1882 and she continued working in the mills until she was 41 by which time she had 5 children (one died in infancy).
She was actively associated with the Congregational Church and the towm's temperance movement.
Martha died in 1913.


                                                       FODC March 2018

Our latest Working Party in the Cemetery Cancelled


Our first working party in February had to be cancelled at the last moment due to a flurry of Snow and Freezing Temperaturs.
Lets hope it gets warmer fo our next Working Party on the 24th February.

                                              Photograph by Roy Cox
                                               FODC February 2018


Our World War One Memorial

The area in the Cemetery where the WWI memorial will be constructed

Linda and Ineke stand infront of where the WWI memorial will be constructed

Kath gives the area near the to the new memorial site a good sweep!

Artists Impression of the finished World War One Memorial


Unveiling of the Memorial will be held on the 1st July 2018

More information to follow soon!

                                                          FODC January 2018

 Our Next Working Party will be on the

11th August 2018

Then on
25th August 2018
8th September 2018

Roy's Amusing take on our Working Parties

roy_photo_1We have added a New Page to our Website, "Roy's Amusing Working Party Photos".

Have a look at the Photographs taken by Roy during our 2017 Working Parties with Roy's amusing comments.

To see our new page look down the left hand block or click on the link below.

Click Here


Our General Meeting and AGM

2019 TBA

Check out our New Booklet Page

If you missed any of our Cemetery Walks over the years, these booklets are still available to buy!

You could complete the walk yourself as each booklet has a map inside showing you the route of each walk and the area each grave on the walk are located.

Or you could buy the booklet just to see the history or story of the Graves featured on
the walk from the comfort of your arm chair! 

If you wish to see other Walk Booklets for sale click the below link.

Walk Booklets

In the Press

29th July 2018:
Darwen's Newest Listed StructurePark Road Methodist Church’s War Memorial

17th July 2018:
Darwen's tribute to the World War One fallen proves a great draw to remembrance

19th June 2018:
Darwen's world war one memorial set for unveiling parade

28th April 2018:
Darwen world war one memorial to be unveiled

20th February 2018:
Martha, the Darwen mother who fought for the rights of Women and the Poor

13th February 2018:
MP Jake Berry celebrate Darwen Suffrage Leader

5th February 2018:
Community group takes action over dog fouling in Darwen Cemetery

3rd February 2018:
Friends of Darwen Cemetery will meet to work on War Memorial

17th January 2018:
Friends of Darwen Cemetery have begun work on a World War One Memorial


Friends of Darwen Cemetery 

Postal Address

Friends of Darwen Cemetery
C/O Unit 2A, Hall Moss Business Park
Bolton Road, Bull Hill, Darwen, 
Lancashire BB3

                                                              FODC July 2014


2018 Working Party Dates Released

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2018 Public Meetings Dates Released

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Gift Aid

If you wish to donate to the Friends of Darwen Cemetery and you pay Tax, please click on the image and fill in the details required and email it to
info@darwencemetery.org.uk or you can print out the document and send it in the post to:

Friends of Darwen Cemetery
C/O Unit 2A,
 Hall Moss Business Park, Bolton Road, 
Bull Hill, Darwen, BB3 2TT

We have moved some articles around

We have moved most of the articles from our Home Page into "Our News page" and articles from Our News page into a new 2016 Archive Page.

If you want to have a look click on the links below 

Our News from 2017

Other Archive Pages
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2015 Archive Page
2014 Archive Page
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2012 Archive Page
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2010 Archive Page 




2019 TBA


11th August 2018
between 10.00am and 1.00pm 
in the Western Cemetery, 
Cemetery Road, Darwen.

If you would like to see others who have got involved click here.

Darwen Days website

Darwen Days have changed its website address
(click on the Link below)

Darwen Days now has a website showing 1000s of Photographs of Darwen, 
many old but some more recent, 
they also include many photographs of the Cemetery.

Click on the link to go direct to the website.


                                        FODC Updated December 2012

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