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Reference WMO120347

Address:

Victoria Park

Junction of Peace Walk and Granville Road

Leicester

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Arch
Lettering: Unknown
About the memorial: Large square stone monumental arch stepped at top and crowned with a shallow dome. Coffered barrel-vault through with lower crossing vault. The whole is enclosed by railings and stone piers. Surrounding railings and rusticated gate piers with urns forming a circle. Underneath the arches hang carved and painted stone flags. Gates have been built on the two main approaches to it. The memorial was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and if Grade I listed. DESCRIPTION: (c Historic England listing entry) the Arch of Remembrance stands at the south-east end of War Memorial Approach, in the registered Victoria Park (Grade II). The north-west end of War Memorial Approach is marked by gates and gate-piers (Grade II*-listed), also by Lutyens. Approximately 21m tall, the memorial is in the form of a triumphal arch, square in plan, with tall and wide arches opening to the north-west and south-east, and with smaller and lower arches to the north-east and south-west. The main proportions were calculated in simple multiples which in Imperial measure used by Lutyens are 18ft wide, 36ft tall and 9ft deep for the main arches; the subsidiary arches respectively 12ft by 24ft by 6ft. Stone wreaths carved in relief flank the arches to the front and rear. The wreaths to the left encircle MCM/ XIV; those to the right encircle MCM/ XIX. Above is a heavy attic, partially developed as a concave-fronted feature, bigger to the north-east and south-west; smaller and at a different height to the north-west and south-east. Here the city arms appear carved in relief, suspended from large swags. Above is a low dome. The main arch has a coffered barrel vault, with a similar, lower, crossing vault to each side arch. Four painted stone flags are set inside the archway, raised on corbels on each pier. They are the Union Flag and the flags of each of the three armed services
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Front face over arch: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace. Front face on either side of the arch inside stone relief wreaths: MCM XIV MCMXIX. Front face on the piers: MCM XXXIX MCMXLV. Left face: Remember in gratitude tweleve thousand men of this city and county who fought and died for freedom. Remember all who served and strove and those who patiently endured. Rear face: All they hoped for, all they had, they gave to save mankind, themselves they scorned to save. Right face: I will not cease from mental fight nor shall my sword sleep in my hand till we have built built Jerusalem in England's green and pleasant land.

Grade I (England)

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