Hereford & Worcester

Worcester's Gheluvelt Park given listed status

Gheluvelt Park arch Image copyright Worcester City Council
Image caption The listed status means no alterations can be made without special permission

A park in Worcester built in honour of soldiers killed and injured in a World War One battle has been granted protected status.

Gheluvelt Park, was built following the end of the war to commemorate the Battle of Gheluvelt in Belgium in 1914.

Structures in the park were given listed status by Historic England and the park itself was put on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

This means no alterations can be made without special permission.

The park was built in memory of soldiers from the Worcestershire Regiment who lost their lives in one of the earliest battles of the war.

Twelve houses built in the park for disabled servicemen have also been listed, the council said.

Image copyright Trustees of the Mercian Regiment Museum
Image caption Of the 400 Worcestershire Regiment soldiers who fought in the battle, nearly half were killed or wounded

The park also features a World War One memorial, water play area and bandstand. The bandstand, along with the park's gates and railings, has also been granted listed status.

Worcester City Council said Historic England - formerly English Heritage - granted the park Grade II listed status "because it is considered a rare example of a war memorial park which successfully combines leisure, sport and commemorative functions, as well as incorporating the houses for disabled servicemen".

The foundation stone for the houses was laid by Field Marshal Sir William Robertson, Chief of the Imperial General Staff during World War One, on 15 January 1919. The park was completed five years later.

Battle of Gheluvelt, 1914

  • The battle was part of the First Battle of Ypres - a key early conflict of the war as Belgian, British and French forces tried to repel the advancing German armies
  • On 31 October about 370 men from the 2nd Worcestershire Regiment were instructed to retake the village of Gheluvelt, Belgium, which had been taken the day before
  • At 14:00 the regiment began the counter-attack, barraged by German artillery
  • The infantrymen charged and retook Gheluvelt
  • 187 men were killed or wounded but they stemmed the Germans' progress

Source: Worcestershire Regiment Museum

Image copyright Worcester City Council
Image caption Gheluvelt Park combines formal gardens with a war memorial and water play area
Image copyright Worcester City Council
Image caption The foundation stone for the houses was laid by Field Marshal Sir William Robertson
Image copyright Trustees of the Mercian Regiment Museum
Image caption The 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment fought at Gheluvelt

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