The Westfield War Memorial Village is a living memorial to those who made a sacrifice in World War One. The first home was built here in 1919 and the village was officially opened in 1924 by Lord Haig – the former War Secretary. Now, there are 113 homes here (22 are privately owned). Residents are ex-service personnel.
The idea for Westfield came from the local architect Thomas H. Mawson. He had lost his youngest son in the Great War and wanted to create a community for the families of men who’d been badly injured. The land was donated by a well-known local family – the Storeys – and money was raised by the Lancaster community.
The Storey family has maintained close links to the village, in particular the charity which was set up to run it – and which still exists today owning the freehold.
The centrepiece of the village is a striking statue of a soldier offering water to a badly wounded comrade.
Many of the homes have names relating to WW1 battles. Recently, newer buildings have taken the names of more recent actions and conflicts – such as “Korea.” “Aden” and “Goose Green.”
Recent arrivals at Westfield include veterans from Afghanistan. BBC
The Potters’ Memorial
Extract from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by J.K. Rowling
“Strung all around with coloured lights, there was what looked like a war memorial in the middle, partly obscured by a windblown Christmas tree. There were several shops, a post office, a pub and a little church whose stained-glass windows were glowing jewel bright across the square.”
She was pointing at the war memorial. As they had passed it, it had transformed. Instead of an obelisk covered in names, there was a statue of three people: a man with untidy hair and glasses, a woman with long hair and a kind, pretty face, and a baby boy sitting in his mother’s arms. Snow lay upon all their heads, like fluffy, white caps.