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Latitude: 51.4531 / 51°27'11"N
Longitude: -0.9437 / 0°56'37"W
OS Eastings: 473496
OS Northings: 173212
OS Grid: SU734732
Mapcode National: GBR QTG.3J
Mapcode Global: VHDWT.LQHX
Entry Name: Monument to Bernard Laurence Hieatt
Listing Date: 16 April 2003
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1096058
English Heritage Legacy ID: 490024
Location: Reading, RG1
Electoral Ward/Division: Park
Built-Up Area: Reading
Traditional County: Berkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire
Church of England Parish: Reading St Luke
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
934/0/10049 LONDON ROAD
16-APR-03 Monument to Bernard Laurence Hieatt, R
Monument to Bernard Laurence Hieatt who died in May 1930, aged 21. Marble. Figure of a smiling young man in racing uniform and tall, laced boots. In his right hand he carries a helmet that rests on a tree stump. Figure stands on a tall plinth, slightly flared to base, and with projecting cornice and stylised floral motif to each upper corner. South side of plinth with panel that reads 'TO THE PROUD AND BEAUTIFUL MEMORY OF AIR PILOT BERNARD LAURENCE. THE BELOVED ELDEST SON OF B.L. & L. HIEATT. WHO WAS SUDDENLY CALLED AWAY IN HIS HOUR OF VICTORY ON MAY 3RD 1930, AFTER CREATING TWO WORLD REORDS IN THE TWO HUNDRED MILES MOTOR CYCLE AND SIDECAR RACE AT BROOKLANDS AGED 21 YEARS'. East side has small panel with motorcycle carved in relief; West side has similar airplane.
HISTORY: B.L. Hieatt started racing in 1928 and quickly became an exceptional rider. However, in May 1930, aged 21, Hieatt was within a few laps of victory in a motorcycle and sidecar race at Brooklands, when he was temporarily blinded by rain and killed.
SOURCES: The Brooklands Museum.
This unusual monument is a fine piece of sculpture and is rich with historic interest; it also has excellent group value with listed C19 monuments in the Grade II Registered Reading Cemetery.
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