Church Road Garden & Battle of Bamber Bridge Sculpture

Closed 30 Apr 2021

Opened 30 Mar 2021


South Ribble Borough Council would like to invite residents to have their say on plans for a new community garden on Church Road, Bamber Bridge.

Our intention is to transform the existing grass area in front of Ye Old Hob Inn into an attractive green space in which the existing trees will be complimented by colourful flower beds, brand new benches and a high-quality footpath.

It is hoped the space would, in the future, be able to be used for a variety of community events.

The heart of the garden would also feature a specially-commissioned steel sculpture commemorating one of the most culturally significant events in the village’s history.

The Battle of Bamber Bridge, on 24 June 1943, is an event of some renown and importance over in the United States.

During the Second World War, local people and British troops united with African American soldiers in defiance of racist segregation in the US Army.

Tensions ultimately led to a violent confrontation between white US Military Police and a number of their black countrymen, resulting in the tragic death of Private William Crossland.

A court martial convicted 32 black soldiers of mutiny and related crimes. However, incidents such as the Battle of Bamber Bridge helped trigger the process of desegregation in the US Army, an important marker on the route to full civil rights for African Americans.

In partnership with UCLAN and Preston Black History Group, South Ribble Borough Council is now working to properly acknowledge this highly significant event and celebrate our community’s long and proud history of opposing discrimination and welcoming diversity.

The sculpture would be complemented by an educational plaque describing how the Battle of Bamber Bridge unfolded and explaining its context and significance.

Designs for both the garden and the sculpture are available to view - please see the PDF documents at the bottom of this page. We would love to hear what you think.


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