Swadlincote Memorial Walk
South Derbyshire District Council’s Environmental Education Project was awarded £9,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to create South Derbyshire World War 1 commemorative walks, trails and school packs on local parks.
As part of this the Swadlincote Memorial Walk: Echoes of Heroes was created by Dorothy Morson with support from the Magic Attic. The walk takes people around Swadlincote and Church Gresley linking the two memorial parks, Eureka Park and Maurice Lea Memorial Park. Commemorating those who fought and died in the Great War, and also those who worked on the Home Front, it shows the changes to Swadlincote’s landscape in the post WW1 years.
Each park also has a commemorative history trail. ‘Footsteps around the park: Eureka Park’s past’ and ‘Poppy trail: Maurice Lea Memorial Park’ follow the stories of each park and explain why they were given to local people as a memorial to the First World War.
Eureka Park’s First World War Memorial Gates, which bear plaques naming local people who died in the First and Second World Wars, were also restored. This was part of the wider revamp of Eureka Park funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund through the Parks for People Programme. The gates were rededicated during the Remembrance Service in 2014.
History trail and walk leaflets are available from Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre, based at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, or are downloadable from the South Derbyshire District Council First World War Centenary page.