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.
The Squires Monument is always available to view, however St James Church is open on Sunday mornings 10:15am-12:30pm. Wednesday mornings in term time from 9am-11:30am. Once a fortnight on Thursday mornings, 9:45am-1pm. Also there are telephone numbers of four keyholders which are always on view in the porch of St James so entry can be gained at any time.
The parking is in a lay by next to the church.