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Glapthorn War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Glapthorn, North Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.5002 / 52°30'0"N

Longitude: -0.4923 / 0°29'32"W

OS Eastings: 502441

OS Northings: 290214

OS Grid: TL024902

Mapcode National: GBR FXP.8C5

Mapcode Global: VHFNH.FF25

Plus Code: 9C4XGG25+33

Entry Name: Glapthorn War Memorial

Listing Date: 30 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425416

Location: Glapthorn, North Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, PE8

County: North Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Glapthorn

Built-Up Area: Glapthorn

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Glapthorn St Leonard

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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First World War memorial dedicated 1920.


The war memorial stands in the churchyard of St Leonard’s Church (Grade II*-listed), to the north-east of the church. It comprises a c3.5m tall, medieval-style, limestone cross with small wheel-head and a tapering shaft. That is set on a square plinth, itself set on a two-stage square base with chamfered corners. The whole monument is set on a concrete base.

On the front of the plinth is inscribed IN MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF GLAPTHORNE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR/ ENGLAND / 1914-1918. On the front of the top stage of the base is carved GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN/ THAN THIS THAT A MAN/ LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS/ FRIENDS/ ST JOHN XV 13. Thirteen names are inscribed on the side of the plinth and the top stage of the base, facing the churchyard path.

An inscription to the rear of the base records the memorial’s construction by R Cox, apparently of Market Harborough (that part of the inscription is damaged).

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 14/10/2015

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 17 January 2017.


The memorial was dedicated on 21 March 1920 by Canon Smalley Law. It commemorates the 12 local servicemen who died during the First World War, and one man who died in 1921. Recent cleaning and repair work included the fitting of a metal collar to the base of the cross.

Reasons for Listing

Glapthorn War Memorial, standing in the churchyard of St Leonard’s Church, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: an elegant medieval-style limestone cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed St Leonard’s church.

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