Rochdale Cenotaph is a
First World War memorial on the
Greater Manchester, in the north west of England. Designed by
Sir Edwin Lutyens, it is one of seven memorials in England based on his
Whitehall in London and one of his more ambitious designs. The memorial was unveiled in 1922 and consists of a raised platform bearing Lutyens' characteristic
Stone of Remembrance next to a 10-metre (33 ft) pylon with painted stone flags, topped by an effigy of a recumbent soldier.
A public meeting in February 1919 established a consensus to create a monument and a fund for the families of wounded servicemen. The meeting agreed to commission Lutyens to design the monument. His design for a bridge over the
River Roch was abandoned after a local dignitary purchased a plot of land adjacent to
Rochdale Town Hall and donated it for the site of the memorial. Lutyens revised his design, and
Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, unveiled the memorial on 26 November 1922. It is a Grade I
listed structure, having been upgraded in 2015 when Lutyens' war memorials were declared a national collection.