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Weekley War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Weekley, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4191 / 52°25'8"N

Longitude: -0.6953 / 0°41'43"W

OS Eastings: 488823

OS Northings: 280927

OS Grid: SP888809

Mapcode National: GBR CVQ.C0N

Mapcode Global: VHDR9.WGRB

Entry Name: Weekley War Memorial

Listing Date: 28 April 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1426142

Location: Weekley, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16

County: Northamptonshire

District: Kettering

Civil Parish: Weekley

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Weekley St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Summary

First World War memorial, c1920.

Description

The memorial stands on a green south of the Grade I-listed church of St Mary, and faced by the Grade II*-listed Montagu Hospital of 1611. It comprises a 3m high limestone cross with a Latin cross-head set on a tapering, square, shaft. That rises from a square plinth. Inscribed in raised lettering is (front face) TO KEEP IN MIND THE/ GREAT WAR & THOSE/ FROM THIS PLACE WHO/ GAVE THEIR LIVES/ 1914 - 1919/ (rear face) THEIR NAME/ LIVETH/ FOR EVERMORE. The names of the fallen appear on the other two faces. The plinth itself stands on a two-stepped octagonal base.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 17 January 2017.

History

The memorial was designed for the Weekley War Memorial Committee by the leading Northamptonshire architect John Alfred Gotch, who lived in the village for nearly 40 years. His son, Roby Myddleton Gotch, Captain and Adjutant of the Sherwood Foresters who was reported missing on the first day of the Battle of the Somme (1 July 1916), is among the seven men commemorated on the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Weekley’s war memorial, which stands to the south of St Mary’s church, 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 First World War;
* Design: an elegant limestone cross by the well-regarded Northamptonshire architect JA Gotch, who lived in Weekley and whose son is among those commemorated;
* Group value: it stands alongside the Grade I-listed church of St Mary, and is faced by the Grade II*-listed Montagu Hospital of 1611.

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