Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Remembrance Mural in Cudworth

The demolition of the obsolete public toilets on Barnsley Road in Cudworth this last summer has revealed the Remembrance mural on the side of the Star Inn, St John's Road, to bus passengers and other passers by on the main road. Today's brilliant sunshine was a perfect opportunity to take some different views of the mural to add to my records.

Star Inn, Cudworth from Barnsley Road (photo taken 10 Oct 2018)
The mural was painted in 2015, commissioned by landlord Simon Davey, the artist was Craig Hoyle from Sheffield (information from the Barnsley Chronicle 13 Nov 2015). It is nice to see that three years later the paintwork still looks as good as new and has escaped the vandalism that has plagued the Memorial Garden in Cudworth Park which also features a mural.

Close up of mural, artist's signature bottom left
Side view of the pub from the adjacent garden

There is (was?) a similar painting on the side of the former Manx Arms (most recently Tykes Sports Bar) on Sheffield Road on the approach to Barnsley town centre. I must get the OH to take a photo of that if it is still there.

What is the future of these memorials, because memorials they surely are? The definition of a war memorial can be found on this page on the UK War Memorials website. It includes any tangible object that commemorates war, conflict, victory or peace. By the nature of these murals they will probably not last as well as a stone monument by the roadside or a plaque in a church, but we should value them whilst we have them and the meaning behind them.

Lest We Forget.