Glenfield War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1465221
Date first listed:
25-Jul-2019
Statutory Address:
Glenfield War Memorial, St Peter's Churchyard, Church Lane, Glenfield , Leicestershire, LE3 8DP

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Location

Statutory Address:
Glenfield War Memorial, St Peter's Churchyard, Church Lane, Glenfield , Leicestershire, LE3 8DP

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

County:
Leicestershire
District:
Blaby (District Authority)
Parish:
Glenfields
National Grid Reference:
SK5377706030

Summary

A First World War memorial dating from 1921, designed by Amos Hall.

Reasons for Designation

Glenfield 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:

* it is a dignified and sombre stone monument of interesting design, well made and with strong proportions.

Group value:

* it has good group value with the Grade II listed Ruins of the Old Church of St Peter and the Church of St Peter.

History

The war memorial in Glenfield was erected in 1921, as part of the great wave of commemoration of the sacrifice made by the fallen from communities across the country.

The memorial was erected in the parish churchyard, and was designed by Amos Hall, an architect who lived in Glenfield at the time. Hall designed a number of buildings in Leicester, including several which are listed. His grave lies adjacent to the war memorial.

The £500 required for the memorial was raised by public subscription. It was unveiled on Saturday 5 March 1921 by Sir Thomas Cope, Bart., and was dedicated by the Reverend O Philpott.

Details

A First World War memorial dating from 1921, designed by Amos Hall.

MATERIALS: the memorial is constructed of Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in the churchyard of St Peter's Church, in the north-west churchyard extension. It comprises a tall Latin cross on a plinth of moulded volutes. This stands atop a tall, square pedestal with a moulded cornice and carved wreaths to each face. Beneath this is a wide base. The pedestal bears the inscriptions in relief carved lettering.

The inscription reads: ERECTED 1920/ IN/ LOVING MEMORY OF GLENFIELD MEN/ WHO/ GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ THESE LAID THE WORLD AWAY,/ POURED OUT THE RED SWEET WINE OF YOUTH,/ GAVE UP THE YEARS TO BE OF WORK AND JOY.// (NAMES).

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum Inventory ref.14570, accessed 18.6.19 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/14570
Leicestershire County Council’s Leicestershire & Rutland War Memorials Project website , accessed 18.6.19 from http://www.leicestershirewarmemorials.co.uk/war/memorials/view/459
Other
Illustrated Leicester Chronicle, Saturday 12 March 1921, pp.8-9, ‘Unveiling of Glenfield’s Memorial.’

Legal

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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