War Memorial to casualties of the First and Second World Wars, Korean War and Northern Ireland.
Reason for Listing
Holt War Memorial is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historical interest: it is a moving reminder of the impact on the community of two World Wars and two later C20 conflicts, and of the sacrifices made
* Design: its elegant and carefully detailed design, raised high on steps and plinth, occupies a prominent position in the centre of the Market Place.
The Holt War Memorial was designed by the architect H. H. Palmer to commemorate those who gave their lives in the First World War, and was dedicated on 29th May 1921 at a ceremony performed by local clergy and dignitaries. Casualties of the Second World War, the Korean War (1950-1953) and the conflict in Northern Ireland have been added. In 2010 a grant from the War Memorials Trust, with donations from the District Council and other organisations and individuals, funded a project to restore the cross, repairing and replacing stonework, where necessary, using Clipsham stone and a hydraulic lime, mortar mix. The war memorial was rededicated on October 10th 2010.
MATERIALS: made of Clipsham stone and consists of a cross standing on a seven-tier base and plinth. The wheel cross has carved trefoil decoration between its arms and surmounts a tapering octagonal shaft. Half way up the shaft are four shields, one to each side. Most of the inscriptions are carved into the top tier of the base, but there are others on panels on each face of the base, and on the plinth. As well as the names of the casualties of war, an inscription reads 'THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVER MORE'.
Source: English Heritage
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