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Heckington War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Heckington, Lincolnshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9805 / 52°58'49"N

Longitude: -0.2992 / 0°17'57"W

OS Eastings: 514287

OS Northings: 343925

OS Grid: TF142439

Mapcode National: GBR GSG.355

Mapcode Global: WHHLL.CBRY

Entry Name: Heckington War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440861

Location: Heckington, North Kesteven, Lincolnshire, NG34

County: Lincolnshire

District: North Kesteven

Civil Parish: Heckington

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Heckington St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln

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Summary

First World War memorial, unveiled on 1 October 1922, with further names added after the Second World War.

Description

First World War memorial unveiled on 1 October 1922.

MATERIALS: Cornish granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located on the edge of the Village Green and it comprises a wheel-head cross embellished with carved knotwork and a central boss surmounting a tapered shaft. This is set upon a plinth and a three-stepped base and overall stands almost c 7.6m high.

The inscriptions are on carried on a bronze plaque on the plinth and it reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE FOLLOWING/ MEN OF HECKINGTON/ WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN/ THE GREAT WAR. 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. The Second World War dedication is on a bronze plaque fixed to the face of the upper step of the base and it reads: ALSO IN ETERNAL MEMORY OF THE/ FOLLOWING WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE WORLD WAR./ 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES)/ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

The memorial is surrounded by paving and ornate bow-top metal fencing furnished with a gate at the front.

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, 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 Heckington as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

A scheme for a war memorial was agreed in mid-1919 and fundraising commenced immediately towards a target of £360. On Sunday afternoon 1 October 1922 the memorial was unveiled by Major John Richard Gason Magrath of the Lincolnshire Regiment, who had become an instructor with the Machine Gun Corps at Belton Park in August 1916. In his speech he referred to the fact that from 250 parishioners who served in the armed forces, 31 had died. The vicar Revd Charles Arthur Norris carried out the dedication.

Following the Second World War, the names of those who lost their lives in that war were also added.

Reasons for Listing

Heckington 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 community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an elegant Cornish granite wheel-head cross with carved decorative details;
* Design: sited within its original well-executed enclosure comprising paving surrounded by ornate bow-top metal fencing furnished with a gate.
* Group value: with the Nag’s Head Public House (Grade II) and Grade II-listed buildings along the High Street.

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