Tur Langton War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1466423
Date first listed:
02-Oct-2019
Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Andrew, Main Street, Tur Langton, Leicestershire, LE8 0PJ

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Location

Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Andrew, Main Street, Tur Langton, Leicestershire, LE8 0PJ

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

County:
Leicestershire
District:
Harborough (District Authority)
Parish:
Tur Langton
National Grid Reference:
SP7135494557

Summary

A First World War memorial, unveiled in 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Tur Langton 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 this local community, and the sacrifice it made during the First World War.

Architectural interest:

* it is a dignified and well-carved commemorative structure.

Group value:

* it has group value with the Church of St Andrew (Grade II*) and the churchyard walls and railings (Grade II).

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. 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.

One such memorial was raised at Tur Langton as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the six local men who died during the conflict. The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 24 October 1920 by Mrs W Hayr and was dedicated by the Rector, the Reverend TH Ross.

Details

A First World War memorial, unveiled in 1920.

DESCRIPTION The memorial is situated in a prominent location within the churchyard of the Church of St Andrew. It is carved from Cornish granite and comprises a rough-hewn, wheel-head cross with a relief carving of the Sword of Sacrifice on the north face of the cross-head and shaft. It is set upon a rough-hewn, square-sectioned plinth which stands upon a single-stepped square base. The front face of the plinth is inscribed in leaded lettering:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN SACRED MEMORY OF/ (NAMES)/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum Inventory , accessed 13 August 2019 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/37580
Leicestershire County Council’s Leicestershire & Rutland War Memorials Project , accessed 13 August 2019 from http://www.leicestershirewarmemorials.co.uk/war/memorials/view/1189
War Memorials Online database, accessed 27 September 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/215799/

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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