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A donation card recently came into our possession on the front of which was the proposed design for the 'Tattenhall War Memorial Pavilion' (the designer being MJ Wilshire and the builder being RH Woollam, both of Tattenhall).

Within the card, it was recorded that a 'Mr Armstrong' had donated 2 shillings and 6 pence 'towards the cost of completing the erection of the Tattenhall War Memorial Pavilion'. His donation was acknowledged and dated 22 May 1951.

So, what is the history behind the card?

Following WWII, it was obvious that a major renovation to the (then) existing wooden Pavilion building was necessary. Bolesworth Estate was to be the major benefactor, encouraging individuals to donate towards the purchase of individual 'bricks' and to replace the existing wooden structure with a permanent brick-built Pavilion as a memorial to those who had lost their lives in the conflict. Every donation was to be matched by the Barbour family.

Opened in 1952, I wonder how many of us consider that the building we tend to refer to as 'Sport Tattenhall' is over 60 years old!!

Tattenhall War Memorial Pavilion is listed on the Imperial War Museum's War Memorials Register.

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