Loughborough Carillon, War Memorial Bell Tower

World War I, World War II, Korea, Cyprus, Falklands Conflict

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  • Designed by: Mr Walter Tapper
  • Listing Status: Grade II
  • District: Charnwood
  • Made by: Messrs William Moss and Sons
  • Parish: Loughborough

The only Municipal Grand Carillon in Britain. Tall bell tower of local brick and portland stone. Contains 47 bells cast by Taylor's Bell Foundry in Loughborough costing 7000 pounds with individual inscriptions. Played using clavier (with keyboard). Tower cost 11594 pounds 2s. 6d. Museum within. Copper covered balcony at top. Several metal plaques around rusticated stone base at bottom of tower. Foundation stone laid January 22nd 1922 by General Lord Howe GCB.Unveiled Sunday 22nd July 1923 by Field Marshal Sir William Robertson Bart GCB KCVO DSO, dedicated by Rt Rev Frank Theodore Woods DD Bishop of Peterborough.

View Further Details Memorial Type:Bells or Bell Tower Ref: WMP0680 Other Designation: Conservation Area UKNIWM Ref: 14738 Commissioned By: Public Subscription Information Sources: AJB, AF, LCC, Pmsa Special Categories: Post 1945 Website Links: http://www.loughborough-rollofhonour.com...

Location

Carillon - Loughborough
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Inscription Reads

TOP OF RUSTICATION: THIS TOWER WAS ERECTED IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF LOUGHBOROUGH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 PLAQUE 1: THIS MEMORIAL WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE MAYOR
ALDERMAN AND BURGESSES OF THE BOROUGH OF
LOUGHBOROUGH, BY THOSE WHO SUBSCRIBED FOR
ITS COST ON SUNDAY JULY 22ND 1923
AT ITS TRANSFER THE FOLLOWING CHARGE WAS
GIVEN:-
WE CHARGE YOU TO HAND ON THE DUTY AND
PRIVILEGE OF MAINTAINING AND PRESERVING
THIS GREAT MEMORIAL, SO THAT GENERATIONS
YET UNBORN MAY BE REMINDED OF THE SACRIFICE
WHICH THESE MEN MADE, AND OF THE GREAT
PRINCIPLES FOR WHICH THEY DIED
THIS CHARGE WAS ACCEPTED BY THE MAYOR IN
THE FOLLOWING WORDS:-
I ACCEPT ON BEHALF OF THE ALDERMEN AND
BURGESSES OF THIS BOROUGH THE CHARGE OF THIS
MEMORIAL TOWER AND CARILLON. ITS CARE SHALL
EVER BE THEIR SOLEMN TRUST AND PRIVILEGE. PLAQUE 2: THIS MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED ON SUNDAY,
JULY 22ND, 1923,
BY FIELD MARSHAL SIR WILLIAM ROBERTSON,
BART, GCB, GCMB, KCVO, DSO.
AND WAS THEN DEDICATED BY THE RT. REV.
FRANK THEODORE WOODS, DD, BISHOP OF
PETERBOROUGH.
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO WERE FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH,
WHOSE NAMES ARE INSCRIBED HEREON.
ON THAT DAY THE CARILLON OF 47 BELLS WAS
FIRST PLAYED BY
THE CHEVALIER JEE DENYN OF MELINES,
BELGIUM. [4 WW1 NAME PLAQUES] PLAQUE: IN HONOURED MEMORY ALSO OF
THE MEN OF LOUGHBOROUGH
WHOSE NAMES ARE RECORDED
ON THESE TABLETS
AND WHO, FOLLOWING THEIR
ELDER BROTHERS COMMEMORATED
BY THIS TOWER, GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE SECOND GREAT WAR
1939-1945
PRO PATRIA
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE [2 WW2 NAME PLAQUES] [3 INDIVIDUAL PLAQUES FOR POST 1945] PLAQUE: THE FLOODLIGHTING OF THE CARILLON
WAS KINDLY PRESENTED BY
MRS PHYLLIS VAN NIEVELT (NEE TUCKER)
AND HER DAUGHTER
MRS DIANA VAN NIEVELT PRICE
IN MEMORY OF A DEAR HUSBAND AND FATHER
CHRISTIANN JWH VAN NIEVELT
1908-1980

Casualties Listing

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Name Rank Unit Batt Died Abell - Walter Ernest Private York and Lancaster Regiment 2 01/12/1917 Adcock - William Private Machine Gun Corps (infantry) 1 20/04/1918 Adkin - Wilfred Derek Private Wiltshire Regiment 4 18/02/1945 Ainsworth - William Sergeant Coldstream Guards 2 13/09/1914 Allen - Walter Private Leicestershire Regiment 1/5 18/04/1915