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War memorials in York

We are responsible for the care and maintenance of the War Memorial Gardens, Rowntree Park and four other smaller memorials.

War Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road

Opened in 1925, this is the city's principal memorial and hosts the annual Service of Remembrance in the presence of the Lord Mayor and other Civic dignitaries. The garden is open to the public all day every day for quiet contemplation and reflection. A memorial to those who fell in the Korean War and a universal memorial to peace have also been added.

Rowntree Park

Rowntree Park was a gift to the City of York by Messrs Rowntree & Co. in 1921 and is a memorial to the Cocoa Works staff who fell and suffered during World War I. A set of listed gates off Terry Avenue was added to the park in memory of those who fell in World War II. Bronze plaques commemorate both wars within the centrally located lychgate.

Smaller war memorials

Smaller war memorials can be found at:

  • Duncombe Place - Boer War memorial
  • Skeldergate Island - Boer War memorial
  • Leeman Road - World Wars I and II
  • Acomb Green - World Wars I and II

See further information about war memorials looked after by parish and town councils and local businesses, or information about Second World War airfield memorials.

Victoria Cross commemorative paving stones

As a way of marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, commemorative paving stones have been laid in the birthplace of those awarded the Victoria Cross. The stones honour soldiers’ bravery and provide a lasting legacy for local community heroes.

See a map of commemorative paving stone locations.

In York, a memorial stone on Mount Vale commemorates Lt.-Col. Best-Dunkley, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele, at Wieltje, Belgium.

World War I war memorials

See a list of World War I memorials in York compiled to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

In addition to the war memorials in this list, most churches have a roll of honour and York Minster hosts an array of regimental and other memorials.

Conservation of war memorials

Many war memorials are of significant architectural, historic or artistic interest and have become key parts of the historic environment - find out about conservation of war memorials.

Report damage to war memorials

Contact our Public Realm Team to report damage to war memorials.

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Public Realm

Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS

Telephone: 01904 551551