Claybrooke Parva War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1466299
Date first listed:
27-Sep-2019
Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Peter, Main Road, Claybrooke Parva, Leicestershire, LE17 5AE

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Location

Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Peter, Main Road, Claybrooke Parva, Leicestershire, LE17 5AE

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

County:
Leicestershire
District:
Harborough (District Authority)
Parish:
Claybrooke Parva
National Grid Reference:
SP4960787930

Summary

First World War memorial of about 1920 by Fosbrooke and Bedingfield, with later addition for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Claybrooke Parva War Memorial of 1920, designed by Fosbrooke and Bedingfield, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as a thoughtfully-designed and well-proportioned war memorial in the form of a wheel-head cross.

Group value:

* it forms a group with the Grade I listed Church of St Peter.

History

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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 Claybrooke as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 14 parishioners who lost their lives in the conflict. The exact date of the memorial is not known, but a faculty was granted for its erection in August 1920. It was designed by Leicester practice, Fosbrooke and Bedingfield, who were also responsible for the war memorial (Grade II) at Ashby de la Zouch, as well as a number of commissions in Leicester.

The names of the four parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial, while a memorial vase records the death of a serviceman in Hong Kong in 1955.

Details

First World War memorial of about 1920 by Fosbrooke and Bedingfield, with later addition for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION The war memorial is square on plan and comprises a stone wheel-head cross decorated with interlaced carvings, a tapering shaft and a square-sectioned, tapering plinth. It stands upon a two-stepped base. A slate tablet on the front (east) face of the plinth carries the dedicatory inscription which reads:

IN MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914-1918/ (NAMES).

The base carries a slate tablet inscribed:

ALSO IN THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE/ WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945/ (NAMES).

In front of the war memorial is a stone vase memorial to a local serviceman who died in Hong Kong in 1955.

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum Inventory, Claybrooke Parva, accessed 7 August 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/37478
Leicestershire War Memorials Project, Claybrooke Parva, accessed 7 August 2019 from http://www.leicestershirewarmemorials.co.uk/war/memorials/view/255
War Memorials Online, Claybrooke Parve War Memorial WMO 211669, accessed 7 August 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/211669/

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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