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Monument to Bernard Laurence Hieatt

A Grade II Listed Building in Park, Reading

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Coordinates

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

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1096058

English Heritage Legacy ID: 490024

Location: Reading, RG1

County: Reading

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

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Listing Text


934/0/10049 LONDON ROAD
16-APR-03 Monument to Bernard Laurence Hieatt, R
eading Cemetery

GV II

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.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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