Squires Monument, NW of Church of St James

Squires Monument, NW of Church of St James, Melton Road, Burton Lazars, Melton, Leicestershire LE14 2UR

Chest tomb surmounted by elaborate monument. Erected by the executors of William Squire, d.1781. Limestone, formerly painted and gilt, with iron railing. Oval plinth of 3 steps. Moulded chest with corner volutes and to south, illegible inscribed panel. At each end a circular pier, decorated with relief panels, with symbols of Death, each topped by a globe. Above, a sarcophagus on volutes, with an oval figurative panel at each end. Above again, resting on 4 balls, a tall concave sided decorated obelisk, with an oval perforation containing an urn, and topped with a ball finial. Against the obelisk, figures representing Faith and Hope. The monument is surrounded by a spiked railing and is approximately 6M high.

Opening Arrangements

The Squires Monument is always on view to the public due to its location in the churchyard. The Church of St James is open on Sunday mornings, 10:15am-12:30pm and once a fortnight on Thursday mornings, 9:45am-1pm. There are also telephone numbers of four key holders are always on view in the porch of St James so entry can be gained at any time.

Parking Spaces


There is no designated car park but there is a layby adjacent to the churchyard.