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Sewstern War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Buckminster, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.7851 / 52°47'6"N

Longitude: -0.6889 / 0°41'19"W

OS Eastings: 488524

OS Northings: 321637

OS Grid: SK885216

Mapcode National: GBR DRM.6PX

Mapcode Global: WHGL7.D867

Plus Code: 9C4XQ8P6+2F

Entry Name: Sewstern War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 January 2020

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1467388

ID on this website: 101467388

Location: Sewstern, Melton, Leicestershire, NG33

County: Leicestershire

District: Melton

Civil Parish: Buckminster

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Tagged with: War memorial


War memorial, erected in 1921.


War memorial, erected in 1921.

MATERIALS: carved from granite, with the inscription in lead lettering.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a roughly-hewn tapered plinth with rounded upper corners, surmounted by a roughly-hewn Latin cross. The inscription on the raised panel to the north-west face of the plinth reads:


SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: the memorial is enclosed by hoop-headed wrought iron railings, with a gate to the north-west side.


The great age of memorial building was in the aftermath of the First World War with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also 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.

Sewstern War Memorial commemorates four parishioners who died in the First World War. It was unveiled on Saturday 17 December 1921 by Colonel Foljambe of Buckminster and dedicated by Reverend FBA Williams, Rural Dean, of Wymondham.

The memorial was supplied by Mr T Drake of Melton Mowbray and the railings by Mr T Skins of Buckminster.

Reasons for Listing

Sewstern War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* a well-realised design in the form of a Latin cross.

Historic interest:

* as a poignant witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the First World War.

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