The Duke of Bedford memorial

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Reference WMO/120851


Ampthill Park

Woburn Road


MK45 2HX


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In 2012, WMT gave a grant towards this war memorial. As it has been a number of years since the grant was given, we would like an up-to-date condition survey and photographs to be added to this war memorial record. Can you help?

Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Latin cross
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Raised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: A Latin cross atop a three tiered hexagonal base with projecting pedestals constructed of Portland stone. It has twelve bronze plaques making up the roll-of-honour with additional bronze dedicatory plaques. The memorial sits within the Grade II registered Ampthill Park and is on the boundary of a Scheduled Ancient Monument. In 1970 ten of the twelve roll-of-honour plaques were stolen, these were replaced with the help of funding from the Grants for War Memorials scheme. The memorial was erected in 1919. It commemorates the 707 men of the Bedfordshire Regiment who lost their lives in the First World War. The Bedfordshire Regiment had a training camp in Ampthill Park. The land was gifted by the 11th Duke who was also the first commander of the regiment. The memorial was designed by Cecil Greenwood Hare.
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Grade II (England)


Ampthill Conservation Area

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