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"Bridge of Remembrance ? not only a Reminder" Top 5 Page for this destination Christchurch Things to Do Tip by Kakapo2

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  The bridge across the Avon River.
by Kakapo2

This is a landmark you cannot miss. Located at the End of Cashel (City) Mall, at the start of the restaurant and nightlife centre of the Strip, right on the Avon, you just have to pass there at some point.

I have always liked this spot, as you can sit there in the sun, in the grass, or on one of the benches right beside the columns of the the monument. When we lived in the suburb of Merivale, north of Hagley Park, I used to wait there for my husband after work. It was MY first cherished place in Christchurch.

The memorial that defines the Bridge of Remembrance (which is a pedestrian bridge linking Oxford and Cambridge Terraces, might not be a beauty, just an arch-shaped sandstone faced concrete construction, but it is massive and impressive. It was unveiled on Armistice Day, 11 November, 1924 and acknowledges Canterbury’s contribution to World War I (1914 – 18). And it sits where it is because all the soldiers passed over it when they left for the war.

The design is by the Wellington architects Prouse and Gummer. It incorporates a cross suggesting sacrifice as the basis of the human character, and torches to highlight the inscribed battle fronts, lions symbolising the Empire and its victory, along with wreaths of rosemary for remembrance. The sculptural detail was performed by Frederick Gurnsey, a local sculptor, and his assistant Lawrence Berry.

At a later date further plaques were added to commemorate the battlefields of World War II.

Directions: At the end of Cashel Street/City Mall, linking Oxford and Cambridge Terraces.

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  • Written Sep 24, 2007
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