Swinford War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
All Saint's Churchyard, Corner of High Street and Rugby Road, Swinford, Leicestershire, LE17 6BN


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Statutory Address:
All Saint's Churchyard, Corner of High Street and Rugby Road, Swinford, Leicestershire, LE17 6BN

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First World War memorial, approximately 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Swinford War Memorial 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.

Architectural interest:

* a pared-back wheel cross in pink granite which survives intact.

Group Value:

* with the Grade II* listed Church of All Saints and other listed buildings in the village centre.


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 three quarters of a million British lives, and the official policy of not repatriating the dead: memorials, therefore, provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

Swinford war memorial is situated within the parish churchyard, overlooking a main road junction in the heart of the village. The memorial is presumed to have been erected within a couple of years of the end of the war, and was designed by Pullen and Sons of Northampton. It commemorates eight local servicemen who fell in the First World War. The memorial was stabilized and the incised inscription re-gilded in 2010. At the same time, it was inscribed with the Second World War casualties’ names.


First World War memorial, approximately 1920.

MATERIALS: constructed from polished pink granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located in the southeast corner of All Saints Churchyard. It comprises a wheel-head cross with a tapering shaft and plinth with single-stepped base. The plinth bears the inscriptions in incised and gilded lettering.

The inscription reads: ‘TO THE GLORY OF GOD / 1914-1918 / IN HONOURED MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO / LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR’ followed by the names of the fallen, and ‘THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE’. On the west face is the inscription ‘1939-1945’, followed by two names.


Memorial Cross, All Saints Churchyard - Swinford', Leicestershire War Memorials Project, accessed 25 July 2019 from http://www.leicestershirewarmemorials.co.uk/war/memorials/view/1115
Swinford - WWI and WWII cross, War memorials Register, Imperial War Museum, accessed 21 May 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/69700
Swinford Memorial Cross, ref WMO207061, War Memorials Online, accessed 21 May 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/207061/


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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