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Litchborough War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Litchborough, West Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.183 / 52°10'58"N

Longitude: -1.0767 / 1°4'35"W

OS Eastings: 463226

OS Northings: 254265

OS Grid: SP632542

Mapcode National: GBR 9VG.4M7

Mapcode Global: VHCVT.9D5B

Plus Code: 9C4W5WMF+68

Entry Name: Litchborough War Memorial

Listing Date: 15 April 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1433211

ID on this website: 101433211

Location: Litchborough, West Northamptonshire, NN12

County: West Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Litchborough

Built-Up Area: Litchborough

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Lichborough St Martin

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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First World War memorial. Erected c 1920.


DESCRIPTION: the war memorial stands on a small village green west of the church of St Martin (Grade II*). Of sandstone, it is a c 7m tall cross with a simple Latin cross-head on a tapering, square-sectioned, shaft set on a square plinth with redder sandstone panels which carry the inscriptions. In raised lettering the principal inscription reads TO KEEP IN MIND/ THOSE WHO FROM THIS PLACE/ GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR/ COUNTRY AND FOR THE RIGHT/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919. The names of those who died are recorded on two sides of the plinth. The plinth stands on a four-stage octagonal base.

The memorial is approached by a modern sandstone path and is surrounded by a post and chain link fence.

Persuant to s.1 (5A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (‘the Act’) it is declared that the modern sandstone path and chain link fence to the memorial are not of special architectural or historic interest.

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 to the men of Litchborough who fell in the First World War was erected c 1920. It was designed by J A Gotch (1852-1942) of Kettering. In 2014, conservation work was undertaken, with further general work to the memorial and its surroundings in 2015.

Reasons for Listing

Litchborough War Memorial, on the village green west of the parish 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 First World War;
* Design: an elegant limestone cross by the well-regarded Northamptonshire architect J A Gotch;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed church of St Martin and several listed buildings around the green.

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