Moves to protect village monument
A MARSDEN war memorial has become a protected monument.
The Department of Culture Media and Sport put the building on its list of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
After consultations with English Heritage it was classed as a Grade II listed building.
The memorial, in St Bartholomew's Churchyard, was erected in 1904 in honour of soldiers who died during the Boer War.
The monument has a square base and three steps up to a carved relief of rifles, wreaths and helmets.
Above the relief is an arched panel, with the inscriptions of soldiers' names.
They are Pte Joshua Mellor, Pte William Hey and Cpl Thomas Dearnley.
Pte Mellor was a member of the Volunteers 1st West Riding Regiment and died at Bloemfontein, South Africa, on June 22, 1900.
Pte Hey was a member of the 2nd Scots Guards and died at Harrismith on December 28, 1900.
Cpl Dearnley was in the 1st Liverpool Regiment and died at Middleburg, South Africa, on January 3, 1901.
Above the name panel, there is a moulded cap with an octagonal spire and a large ornate finial on top.
The new status means the monument is an important building of "more than special interest".
Special consent is required if it is to be demolished, altered or extended, or if any work that may affect its character is going to be done.