Bitteswell War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
St Mary's Churchyard, The Nook, Bitteswell, Leicestershire, LE17 4RY


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Statutory Address:
St Mary's Churchyard, The Nook, Bitteswell, Leicestershire, LE17 4RY

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

Harborough (District Authority)
Bitteswell with Bittesby
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First World War memorial, built in around 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Bitteswell War Memorial, which is set into St Mary’s Churchyard boundary wall, is listed 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. Architectural interest:

* as a simple but well-executed and good quality sandstone, slate, and Portland stone memorial;

Group Value

* with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Mary.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of 750,000 British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Bitteswell, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 18 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Bitteswell War Memorial was erected on the boundary wall of the Church of St Mary facing Lutterworth Road, in around 1920. The memorial was relocated on the boundary wall to The Nook at an unknown date.


First World War memorial, built in around 1920.

MATERIALS: sandstone; Portland stone

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located on the churchyard wall of the Grade II*-listed Church of St Mary, beside a path leading to the church. It comprises a moulded sandstone surround with stepped and pedimented coping, and a moulded cornice with a central relief-carved laurel wreath below. The surround frames an incised Portland stone tablet mounted on a slate panel. The memorial is on a moulded base with flanking supports.

The inscription is in incised lettering and reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN IMPERISHABLE MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1919/ followed by the 18 names of those who fell. At the bottom of the tablet is incised R.I.P. / THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.


Imperial War Museums War Memorials Register – Men of Bitteswell , accessed 20/05/2019 from
Leicester County Council’s Leicestershire & Rutland War Memorials Project, accessed 20/05/2019 from


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

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