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Knipton Memorial Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Belvoir, Leicestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8731 / 52°52'23"N

Longitude: -0.7756 / 0°46'32"W

OS Eastings: 482505

OS Northings: 331327

OS Grid: SK825313

Mapcode National: GBR CP0.W5P

Mapcode Global: WHFJP.11XR

Entry Name: Knipton Memorial Cross

Listing Date: 9 June 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1426580

Location: Belvoir, Melton, Leicestershire, NG32

County: Leicestershire

District: Melton

Civil Parish: Belvoir

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Knipton (High Framland Parishes)

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Summary

First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The war memorial stands in a small memorial garden enclosed by a wooden fence, in the southern end of the triangular green at the junction of Croxton Road and Nursery Lane. Approximately 5m tall, it comprises a stone wheel-head cross with floral terminals rising from a circular column. The column stands on a square plinth which itself stands on three square steps and a large, square, rubble-faced base.

A slate tablet on the front of the plinth carries the dedicatory inscription TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF/ KNIPTON WHO MADE THE SUPREME/ SACRIFICE IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ IN THANKFULNESS TO GOD FOR THE/ VICTORY THEIR VALOUR HELPED TO/ WIN AND ALSO TO COMMEMORATE/ THE PATRIOTISM OF ALL FROM THIS/ VILLAGE WHO FOUGHT FOR THEIR/ COUNTRY. THIS MONUMENT IS SET/ UP BY THOSE WHO LOVE THEM/ AND ARE PROUD OF THEM.

Similar slate tablets on the remaining three sides of the plinth are carved with the commemorated names. A slate ledger stone on the base records the names from the Second World War.

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, 20 January 2017.

History

The war memorial was raised in remembrance of the men of Knipton who died in the First World War. The names of those who died in the Second World War were added. The First World War inscriptions and names have been renewed.

Reasons for Listing

Knipton Memorial Cross, which stands in a grassed triangle on Croxton Road at the junction with Nursery Lane, 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;
* Group value: with The Cottage (Grade II-listed).

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