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Tilton on the Hill War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Tilton, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.6433 / 52°38'35"N

Longitude: -0.9027 / 0°54'9"W

OS Eastings: 474342

OS Northings: 305627

OS Grid: SK743056

Mapcode National: GBR BQF.6M1

Mapcode Global: WHFKL.3TDF

Entry Name: Tilton on the Hill War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439315

Location: Tilton, Harborough, Leicestershire, LE7

County: Leicestershire

District: Harborough

Civil Parish: Tilton

Civil Parish/community: Tilton on the Hill and Halstead

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Tilton-on-the-Hill (Whatborough Parishes)

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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First World War memorial, unveiled on 4 July 1920 by Major Dawson.


First World War memorial, unveiled on 4 July 1920 by Major Dawson.

MATERIALS: Castle Hill Granite

PLAN: rectangular in plan.

DESCRIPTION: The memorial stands in a prominent location adjacent to the path leading to the S porch of the Church of St Peter (listed at Grade I, NHLE1074839). The memorial comprises a single-stepped rectangular base below a tapering rectangular sectioned plinth, with a slightly tapering rectangular sectioned shaft surmounted by an infilled wheel cross. In relief on the face of the cross is a sword of sacrifice.

At the base of the shaft is the leaded inscription TO THE/ GLORY/ OF GOD. On the E face of the plinth the inscription reads IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF/ THIS DISTRICT WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919 and below are the 12 names of those men of the parish who lost their lives.

The memorial stands approximately 10m W of a listed and scheduled churchyard cross (NHLE 1014517 and NHLE 1360999).


The concept of commemorating war dead did not develop to any great extent until towards the end of the C19. Prior to then memorials were rare and were mainly dedicated to individual officers, or sometimes regiments. The first large-scale erection of war memorials dedicated to the ordinary soldier followed the Second Boer War of 1899-1902, which was the first major war following reforms to the British Army which led to regiments being recruited from local communities and with volunteer soldiers. However, it was the aftermath of the First World War that was the great age of memorial building, 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.

The memorial in the churchyard of the Church of St Peter, Tilton on the Hill was unveiled on 4 July 1920 by Major Dawson at a cost of £140. The memorial has recently undergone conservation work due to the monument leaning. This involved correcting the lean, reinstating a protective gravel surround, cleaning, repointing, and repainting the inscription.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial in the churchyard of the Church of St Peter, Tilton on the Hill, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: it is a poignant reminder of the impact of tragic world events upon an individual community and, thus, has strong cultural and historical significance within both a local and national context;
* Design interest: as an accomplished and well-executed memorial which takes the form of a wheel cross;
* Group value: with the Church of St Peter (NHLE1074839) and a scheduled and listed churchyard cross (NHLE 1014517 and NHLE 1360999).

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