November 20, 2018

A brand new war memorial commissioned by Rotherfield Parish Council and produced by Burslem to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 was featured on a recent episode of BBC Countryfile.

Rotherfield War Memorial Burslem

New Rotherfield War Memorial designed & installed by Burslem

The team at Burslem were approached in 2017 to offer thoughts on design by the local planning authority and are very proud to have been asked to provide a new war memorial for the East Sussex village of Rotherfield.

One of the last villages in the country not to have a war memorial, the village wanted to mark this year’s centenary of the end of WW1 with a fitting commemoration to honour those who lost their lives in the two World Wars.

BBC Countryfile’s John Craven visited Rotherfield to film a piece for the programme which was broadcast on Remembrance Sunday, 11 November.  One of our skilled stonemasons can be seen carving lettering into the memorial in the programme although the bulk of the stone carving and letter cutting was carried out in our workshops in Frant.

The handsome memorial was unveiled on 20 October this year at its location next to St Deny’s Church in the village. The memorial carries the names of the 93 Rotherfield men who gave their lives in the Great War as well as those who died in WW2 and subsequent conflicts, including one woman, with 114 names in total.

BBC Countryfile John Craven Burslem Memorials Rotherfield War memorial

BBC’s John Craven with Burslem’s Stonemason at Rotherfield War Memorial

We are delighted with the finished memorial in Yorkshire Sandstone and honoured to have provided this missing piece of Rotherfield’s village history almost 100 years after the end of WW1.


Rotherfield War Memorial Burslem BBC Countryfile John Craven
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