Loughborough Baptists War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1467397
Date first listed:
17-Jan-2020
Location Description:
Entrance gates to Loughborough Baptist Church, Baxter Gate, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1TZ.

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Location

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Location Description:
Entrance gates to Loughborough Baptist Church, Baxter Gate, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1TZ.
County:
Leicestershire
District:
Charnwood (District Authority)
Parish:
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
SK5373819716

Summary

A granite war memorial, erected in 1919.

Reasons for Designation

Loughborough Baptists War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* its form, as a pillar carved from red Peterhead granite, is accomplished and well-executed.

Historic interest:

* as a poignant witness to the tragic impact of the First World War on the local Baptist community, and the sacrifice it made during the conflict.

Group value:

* with Loughborough Baptist Church (Grade II).

History

The great age of memorial building was in the aftermath of the First World War which 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. The memorials, therefore, provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

122 men from the three Baptist congregations in Loughborough served in the First World War, and of those 45 were killed, 23 of whom were members of the Baxter Gate and King Street churches. The war memorial, paid for by the church members and unveiled on the 21 August 1919, and dedicated by the Minister, Reverend Reuben Handford, commemorates these men.

The memorial, originally surmounted by an iron lamp post, stood at the centre of the forecourt to Loughborough Baptist Church, Baxter Gate (Grade II). It has since been moved to the left-hand side of the entrance gates to the church, beside Number 8 Baxter Gate, and to the right-hand side of the entrance gates, beside Number 11 Baxter Gate, where it currently stands.

Details

War memorial, erected in 1919.

MATERIALS: carved from red Peterhead granite, with lead lettering.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a two-tiered square base with a moulded top edge, surmounted by a polished red granite tapering pillar of square section with a bevelled-edge flat top. The front face of the pillar bears the inscription:

ERECTED IN HONOUR / OF / THE MEN FROM THIS CHURCH / WHO SERVED THE CAUSE OF / FREEDOM & RIGHT / IN THE / GREAT WAR 1914-1918 / AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY / OF THOSE / NAMED BELOW / WHO FELL IN THE CONFLICT / (NAMES) / JESUS SAID:- I AM THE RESURRECTION / AND THE LIFE. JOHN XI 25

Sources

Websites
Leicestershire County Council War Memorials Project: Loughborough Baptist Church, accessed 16 October 2019 from http://www.leicestershirewarmemorials.co.uk/war/memorials/view/702
Loughborough Baptist Church, accessed 16 October 2016 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/73666
Other
'Letters from the Trenches in the First World War: Christmas Parcels from Loughborough Baptist Church', Loughborough Baptist Church (2014)

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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