Snarestone War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Memorial Garden, Main Street, Snarestone, Leicestershire, DE12 7DB


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Statutory Address:
Memorial Garden, Main Street, Snarestone, Leicestershire, DE12 7DB

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

North West Leicestershire (District Authority)
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A First World War memorial unveiled in 1922.

Reasons for Designation

The war memorial in Snarestone is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* It is a dignified and sombre stone cross, neatly made and well-proportioned.

Historic interest:

* As an eloquent witness to the tragic impact on the local community of the events of the First World War.


Snarestone war memorial was erected after the First World War, as part of the great wave of commemoration of the sacrifice made by the fallen from communities across the country.

The memorial was erected within a memorial garden that was created off Main Street. It was designed and erected by Messrs Wells and Company, monumental masons of nearby Hugglesctoe, at a cost of £75. The grounds were laid out by Messrs G Hart, of Measham.

The memorial commemorates seven local servicemen who fell in the First World War, and was unveiled on Sunday 26 February 1922 by Colonel German DSO.


A First World War memorial unveiled in 1922.

MATERIALS: the memorial is constructed from Cornish granite.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is located in a long, narrow memorial garden which is accessed off the south side of Main Street. The memorial itself stands at the southern end of the garden, at the head of the central path.

The memorial is a rough-hewn wheel cross which stands around 3m tall, on a plinth with rounded upper corner and a flat front face with recessed inscription panel, all on a three-stepped concrete base. The plinth bears the inscriptions in incised and blacked lettering.

The inscription reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING/ MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ (NAMES)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. In front of the memorial is a single step with an inscription which reads: A PLACE OF REMEMBRANCE.


Imperial War Museum Inventory , accessed 17 June 2019 from
Leicestershire County Council’s Leicestershire & Rutland War Memorials Project website , accessed 17 June 2019 from
Coalville Times, Friday 10 March 1922, p8, ‘Snarestone.’


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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