market Harborough second World War Memorial Gates

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Reference WMO256140

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Gates to Memorial Gardens

The Square

Market Harborough

Harborough District Council

marke tharborough

LE16 7PD

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Gate
Materials:
  • Metal Iron
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The memorial is a pair of fine gates to the memorial Gardens. THese were created after MHUDC sold Welland House next door which it owned it retained the gardens as a public Memorial Garden for the Second World War. Access to the gardens was made by demolishing the 18C house formerly belonging to the Victorian photographer Gulliver Speight. The memorial gates came from Gopsall Hall. Gopsall Hall (1749) near Twycross Leics. having been requisitioned during the war had become ruinous afterwards and was demolished 1951. Its fine wrought iron gates were acquired by the MHUDC to provide a worthy entrance to the Memorial Gardens off the Square and close to the Great War memorial cross in the square. The Memorial Gardens were formally opened in 1954. The double gates are flanked by cast iron piers outside of which are pedestrian gates.
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Left hand side plaque is inscribed: THESE GATES /AND GARDEN OF / REMEMBRANCE / COMMEMORATE / THE LOYALTY / COURAGE / DEVOTION / AND SACRIFICE / OF THOSE OF / THIS TOWN WHO / LAID DOWN / THEIR LIVES IN / THE SERVICE OF / THEIR COUNTRY / DURING THE / WORLD WAR / 1939 – 1945/  / TO THE / GLORY OF GOD / AND IN / HONOURED / MEMORY OF / Eighteen names are then recorded on the LHS plaque . The Right-hand-side pier has a similar bronze plaque with 54 names of men given and one woman, Kathleen Pryor.

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