Hemington War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Hemington War Memorial, Church Lane, Hemington, Leicestershire


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Statutory Address:
Hemington War Memorial, Church Lane, Hemington, Leicestershire

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

North West Leicestershire (District Authority)
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First World War memorial, unveiled in 1921, with a further name added after the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Hemington 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.

Group value:

* for its group value with numerous nearby listed buildings, notably the Grade II* listed Nunnery to the north, Hemington Hall to the north-east, Hemington House to the south, and Peggs Farmhouse to the west, all listed Grade II.


The aftermath of the First World War that was the great age of memorial building, 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 Hemington as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was unveiled on 23 April 1921. The Long Eaton Advertiser reported that it was the work of a local firm, Messrs Walter White and Sons of Castle Donington, whilst the base work was executed by Mr D Barker of Castle Donington.

The name of the parishioner who fell during the Second World War was subsequently added to the memorial.


First World War memorial, unveiled in 1921, with a further name added after the Second World War.

MATERIALS: Hopton Wood stone.

PLAN: the memorial is situated on the village green on Church Lane at the junction with Hemington Hill and Main Street.

EXTERIOR: it is in the form of a plain cross on a three-stepped plinth set on a base. On the shaft of the cross is an inscription in relief: IN/ MEMORY OF THOSE/ WHO PAID THE PRICE/ 1914/1918. On the top two steps are the names of those who fell in the First World War and on the bottom step is the name of the soldier who fell in the Second World War. The memorial rests on a mound of roughly hewn rock, described in the Long Eaton Advertiser as a ‘grotto’. It is surrounded by a fence constructed of oak corner posts and iron palisades with a gate on one side.


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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