Coleorton War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Ashby Road, Junction of Farm Town Lane, Coleorton, Leicestershire, LE67 8FD


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Statutory Address:
Ashby Road, Junction of Farm Town Lane, Coleorton, Leicestershire, LE67 8FD

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North West Leicestershire (District Authority)
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A First World War memorial, built 1922; altered after the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Coleorton 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: * an elegant and well-executed stone cross by an established sculptural and architectural practice;

Group value: * with the Grade II* registered Coleorton Hall Historic Park and Garden.


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 Coleorton, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 20 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Coleorton War Memorial was designed and made by Robert Bridgeman and Sons of Lichfield and erected by a local mason, Edward Orton. Established by Robert Bridgeman (1844-1918) in 1879 the practice is best-known for the Gothic front of the John Rylands Library, Manchester and the restoration of the west front of Lichfield Cathedral, amongst many other sculptural commissions, including war memorials. The war memorial was funded by public subscription. It was unveiled on Sunday 17 September 1922, by Lieutenant Colonel RE Martin, CMG and dedicated by the rector, the Reverend JN Philpot.

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the five men who fell in that conflict.

The memorial was originally located at the junction of three roads, in front of Coleorton Almshouses and near to Coleorton Hall. The memorial was damaged by traffic in the 1970s resulting in the shaft being replaced and the memorial being moved to its current location. It was restored in 2018 through a grant from the War Memorials Trust.


A First World War memorial, built 1922; altered after the Second World War.

MATERIALS Limestone.

DESCRIPTION Coleorton War Memorial is located in the centre of a triangular green at the road junction of Farm Town Lane and Ashby Road. It comprises a stone Latin cross with cusped edge-decorations and moulded terminals to the arms. It has a tapering hexagonal shaft on a four-sided plinth with chamfered edges, and a square base with round-canted edges and corners. The whole is surrounded by a low stone kerb.

The plinth bears the inscriptions in incised lettering which reads: IN MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THIS PLACE / WHO FELL IN / THE GREAT WARS/ 1914-1918 / AND / 1939-1945/ followed by the names of those who were lost and the year that they fell, and THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE inscribed beneath.


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Imperial War Museums War Memorials Register: Coleorton , accessed 24/05/2019 from
Leicestershire County Council’s Leicestershire & Rutland War Memorials Project , accessed 24/05/2019 from
Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951: Robert Bridgeman , accessed 24/05/2019 from
War Memorials Online: Coleorton , accessed 24/05/2019 from
War Memorials Trust: Grants Showcase: Coleorton , accessed 24/05/2019 from
Illustrated Leicester Chronicle, ‘Elegant War Memorial’, Saturday 23 September 1922, pp8-9.
North West Leicestershire District Council: List of Heritage Assets


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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