Tugby and Keythorpe War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
St Thomas a Becket Churchyard, Main Street, Tugby, Leicestershire, LE7 9WD


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Statutory Address:
St Thomas a Becket Churchyard, Main Street, Tugby, Leicestershire, LE7 9WD

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

Harborough (District Authority)
Tugby and Keythorpe
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First World War memorial cross, approximately 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Tugby and Keythorpe War Memorial, erected in around 1920, 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:

* as a simple, well-executed and unaltered stone wheel cross.

Group Value:

* with the Grade II* listed Church of St Thomas a Becket.


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 also the official policy of not repatriating the dead: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

Details of the erection of the Tugby and Keythorpe War Memorial have not been found, though it is presumed to have been paid for by public subscription, and probably dates from the period immediately following the end of the war. It commemorates the eight local servicemen who fell in the conflict. Historic photographs suggest that the incised inscription was originally infilled, and painted black.


First World War memorial cross, approximately 1920.

MATERIALS: constructed from limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located at the entrance to St Thomas a Becket Churchyard. It comprises a wheel-head cross on a two-tiered rusticated tapering plinth upon on a single-stepped base. The finely-hewn faces of the plinth bear the incised inscriptions ‘TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING / MEN FROM THIS PARISH WHO GAVE / THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY / IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918’, with the names of the eight fallen soldiers on the bottom tier, followed by ‘THEIR NAMES LIVETH FOR EVERMORE’.


Memorial Cross, St Thomas a Becket Churchyard - Tugby, Leicestershire War Memorials Project, accessed 21/05/2019 from http://www.leicestershirewarmemorials.co.uk/war/memorials/view/1188
Tugby and Keythorpe - WWI Cross, War Memorials Register, Imperial War Museum, accessed 21/05/2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/55073


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

End of official listing