Cotton College War Memorial and St. Wilfrid’s R.C. Church, Cotton

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Date:1920 - 1925 (c.)

Description:In the foreground is Cotton College War Memorial which was erected to commemorate 40 former pupils who lost their lives in the First World War. It was designed by an old Cottonian, Elphege Pippet and unveiled on 5 May 1920. Later, the names of 18 men who fell during the Second World War were added to the memorial, as well as that of a College employee.

Designed by A.W.N. Pugin and built in 1846-48, St. Wilfrid’s Church was built as a Catholic chapel for Cotton College, linked to the main building by a single-storey passage. The chancel and vestry were extended in 1936-37 to designs by George Drysdale. The church remained open after the College closed in 1987, but a serious outbreak of dry rot led to the church’s closure and the last mass was held on 24 October 2010.

Photographer: Alfred McCann, photographers of High Street, Uttoxeter.

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Creators: Mr Gerald McCann - Creator

Image courtesy of: Mrs G.S. McCann

Donor ref:P76_041_09686 (37/45023)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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