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Wellingborough War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Swanspool, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.3024 / 52°18'8"N

Longitude: -0.6944 / 0°41'39"W

OS Eastings: 489124

OS Northings: 267948

OS Grid: SP891679

Mapcode National: GBR CX2.R7X

Mapcode Global: VHDRW.XD89

Entry Name: Wellingborough War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 January 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440068

Location: Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8

County: Northamptonshire

District: Wellingborough

District Council Ward: Swanspool

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Wellingborough

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Wellingborough

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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First World War memorial, designed by Walter Talbot Brown and unveiled on 6 November 1918.


MATERIALS: Clipsham stone.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is located within the churchyard of All Hallows, Wellingborough. It consists of a hooded Calvary cross with figures to either side of Christ of St John and the Virgin Mary. It rises from a tapering octagonal shaft with square base on a chamfered square plinth. The whole is set upon a two-stepped octagonal base with platformed upper faces.

One face of the plinth has INVICTIA PAX carved on it in raised lettering. The top step reads PRAY FOR THE GALLANT MEN/ WHO FROM THIS TOWN GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR TRUTH AND/ FREEDOM IN THE GREAT WAR.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England, 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.

One such memorial was raised at Wellingborough as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial was given by Mrs Sotheby of Ecton the widow of Major-General Sotheby who had been killed in 1915. It was designed by Walter Talbot Brown an architect based in Wellingborough. He co-wrote with architect J A Gotch, Architecture of the Renaissance in England, published in 1894. His partnership, W Talbot Brown and Fisher, carried out the restoration of St Peter and St Paul Church, Great Bowden, 1886-7, and St Peter’s Church, Belton-in-Rutland, 1897-8. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1881 and 1909. He was also responsible for the war memorial in Wellingborough on Broad Green (Grade II).

The memorial was built by T H Higgins and the sculpture was the work of A Reynolds and Son of Northampton. The memorial was unveiled on 6 November 1918.

Reasons for Listing

Wellingborough War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an ornate and striking design with well-carved figurative sculpture;
* Designer: as an excellent example of the work of prominent architect Walter Talbot Brown;
* Group value: with All Hallows Church (Grade I), All Hallows Church Hall (Grade II*) and Priory Cottage (Grade II).

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