Courteenhall war memorial and bench

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1441338
Date first listed:
06-Feb-2017
Location Description:
Opposite the main entrance gates of the Courteenhall Estate, just after the Blisworth turning on A508.
Statutory Address:
The Lodge, Courteenhall, Northampton, Northampton, NN7 2QD

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Location

Statutory Address:
The Lodge, Courteenhall, Northampton, Northampton, NN7 2QD

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

Location Description:
Opposite the main entrance gates of the Courteenhall Estate, just after the Blisworth turning on A508.
County:
Northamptonshire
District:
South Northamptonshire (District Authority)
Parish:
Courteenhall
National Grid Reference:
SP7530553052

Summary

War memorial and bench, unveiled in 1920, dedicated to the fallen of the First World War.

Reasons for Designation

Courteenhall war memorial and bench are 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 sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20; * Group value: for its strong relationship with nearby designated heritage assets, including Courteenhall House (listed at Grade II*), and its associated parkland and gardens (registered at Grade II).

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Courteenhall as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Courteenhall war memorial was erected opposite the gates of the Courteenhall estate in 1920 in memory of 13 residents of the estate who fell during the First World War (1914-18). The memorial was unveiled by Admiral Sir Drury St Aubyn Wake, and the inscription includes the names of the admiral’s younger brother Major Hugh St Aubyn Wake, and the admiral’s only son Charles Baldwin Drury Wake, who were both killed in action in 1914 and 1918 respectively. Courteenhall House has been the residence of the Wake family since the mid-C17.

Details

War memorial and bench, unveiled in 1920, dedicated to the fallen of the First World War.

The stone war memorial takes the form of a rectangular-plan Celtic cross standing on a three-stepped hexagonal-plan base. The front (east) elevation of the shaft of the cross is inscribed: ‘TO THE MEN OF / COURTEENHALL / WHO DIED FOR / ENGLAND / 1914 - 1918’, followed by the names of 13 residents who fell during the First World War. A plain curved stone bench stands between the memorial and the Northampton Road (A508), and is most likely contemporary with the memorial.

The memorial and bench stand directly opposite the main entrance from the Northampton Road to the Courteenhall estate, which includes Courteenhall House (listed at grade II*), and its historic parkland and gardens (registered at grade II).



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, 20 February 2017.

Sources

Websites
Roll of Honour, Courteenhall War Memorial, accessed 10 November 2016 from http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Northamptonshire/Courteenhall.html
War Memorials Online, accessed 20 February 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/82534
War Memorials Register, accessed 10 November 2016 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/42072

Legal

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

The listed building(s) is/are 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.

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