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Ibstock War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Ibstock, Leicestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6897 / 52°41'22"N

Longitude: -1.3998 / 1°23'59"W

OS Eastings: 440662

OS Northings: 310392

OS Grid: SK406103

Mapcode National: GBR 7K6.6XC

Mapcode Global: WHDJ0.GNMC

Entry Name: Ibstock War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 January 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440138

Location: Ibstock, North West Leicestershire, Leicestershire, LE67

County: Leicestershire

District: North West Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Ibstock

Built-Up Area: Ibstock

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Ibstock St Denys

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Summary

First World War memorial, unveiled and dedicated in 1921, with later additions for the Second World War. It was designed by Goddard and Wain of Coalville and sculpted by Wells and Company of Hugglescote. Also included in the listing are the railings which enclose the memorial.

Description

First World War memorial, unveiled and dedicated in 1921, with later additions for the Second World War. It was designed by Goddard and Wain of Coalville and sculpted by Wells and Company of Hugglescote.

MATERIALS: Portland stone.

PLAN: it is rectangular on plan, aligned NE to SW.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands on an island in the middle of Central Avenue, at its junction with West Walk and East Walk. Of a Doric style, it comprises a single-step concrete base on which stand three pedestals linked by short walls. Standing on the central pedestal is a cenotaph with clasping pilasters decorated with carved wreaths and a stilted segmental pediment. The side pedestals both support four square columns. All three elements are crowned by a large entablature which rises to an arch over the cenotaph. The NW and SE sides of the memorial both bear identical First World War dedicatory inscriptions; the cornices of the entablature are inscribed FOR GOD, KING AND COUNTRY, while the pediments of the cenotaph read IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE / GALLANT MEN OF IBSTOCK / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR. Slate tablets in the centre of the cenotaph bear the names of the 80 men who died. The flanking pedestals are inscribed on both sides with the dates 1914 and 1919. Slate tablets on both sides of the central pedestal are inscribed with the names of the 48 fallen of the Second World War. They are in turn flanked by the inscribed dates of 1939 and 1945. Just above ground level the pedestal returns are inscribed GODDARD & WAIN LLRIBA / ARCHITECTS and WELLS & CO / SCULPTORS.

The memorial is enclosed by cast iron railings with gates at each end.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 20 February 2017.

History

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. One such memorial was unveiled and dedicated at Ibstock on 19 February 1921 to commemorate 80 men of the parish who died during the conflict. Constructed at a cost of £840, it was designed by Goddard and Wain of Coalville and sculpted by Wells and Company of Hugglescote. Following the Second World War the names of a further 48 local men who died during that conflict were added.

Reasons for Listing

Ibstock War Memorial, unveiled and dedicated in 1921, 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 interest: as an accomplished and well-realised war memorial with a sculptural form.

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