War Memorial to the Fallen Horses of the First World War

In the summer of 2008, the Society began the task of getting permission from various council departments to take over the upkeep of the above memorial which is located in the lower end of Healey Lane, Batley. This 80 year old water trough was commissioned to commemorate all the horses which died in battle of the First World War. For as long as any of our members can remember the trough has been a dirty mess full of discarded carrier bags, leaves and litter. Members thought it would be a good idea for the society to take on board the management of the trough and so we spent a morning buying plants and compost and set about making one of the town's most overlooked and forgotten assets into one of its prettiest.

In August 2008 we invited along members of the British Legion, local ward Councillor Gwen Lowe and the local press, the Batley News, to the unveiling of our colourful monument. As you can see from the photographs the once unkempt and dirty water trough has now been turned into a small but colourful horticultural display with summer bedding. In January 2009, we added lots of winter flowering bulbs and flowers. Later this year the Society hopes to enter the memorial into the Britain-in-Bloom competition.


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