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Leverstock Green War Memorial

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: Leverstock Green War Memorial

List entry Number: 1436986

Location

Leverstock Green War Memorial, Corner of Leverstock Green and Church Road, Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 8LH

The listed building is shown coloured blue on the attached map. Pursuant to s.1 (5A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (‘the Act’), structures attached to or within the curtilage of the listed building (save those coloured blue on the map) are not to be treated as part of the listed building for the purposes of the Act.

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hertfordshire

District: Dacorum

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Non Civil Parish

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 31-Oct-2016

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Building

First and Second World War memorial. Erected 1921 with the names of the Fallen of the Second World War added after 1945.

Reasons for Designation

Leverstock Green War Memorial, erected in 1921, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20; * Group value: with the Grade II-listed Holy Trinity Church.

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw a huge wave of public commemoration with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was erected in 1921 to commemorate 29 residents of Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead, who died during the conflict. A bronze plaque was added after the Second World War to commemorate nine residents that died. The Fallen included a pair of brothers from each of the World Wars; the Biswells from the First World War and the Faulders from the Second World War.

The memorial was originally positioned on the corner of Leverstock Green Road and Bedmond Road. However it was moved to the green next to Church Road near Holy Trinity Church (Grade II-listed) in 1997 in order to provide a better setting for the monument. A time capsule, which included a history of Leverstock Green, was buried under the memorial.

Details

First and Second World War memorial. Erected 1921 with the names of the Fallen of the Second World War added after 1945.

MATERIALS: carved from granite with bronze plaques.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is situated on a green next to Church Road near Holy Trinity church. The memorial comprises a flaming grenade set upon the capital of an octagonal rough-hewn granite column with a moulded base. The grenade is of granite and the flame is of bronze. A bronze longsword is positioned on the front (SE) face of the column which stands on an octagonal plinth and two-tier stepped base. The front face of the plinth carries a bronze plaque, which bears the inscription: THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ “THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”/ [NAMES]. A plaque on the NW face of the plinth is inscribed: TO THE/ GLORIOUS DEAD/ 1939 – 1945/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE/ [NAMES]. The plinth is inscribed with 29 names of the Fallen from the First World War and nine names from the Second World War.



This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 12 January 2017.

Selected Sources

Websites
Our Dacorum, accessed 17 June 2016 from http://www.ourdacorum.org.uk/page/leverstock_green_war_memorial
The Leverstock Green Chronicle, accessed 17 June 2016 from http://lgchronicle20.homestead.com/warmem.html
War Memorials Online, accessed 12 January 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/109236
War Memorials Register, accessed 17 June 2016 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/14613

National Grid Reference: TL0847106519

Map

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