Cottage Hospital - Market Harborough

World War I

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  • Designed by: HG Coales
  • Listing Status: Grade II
  • District: Harborough
  • Parish: Market Harborough

Hospital extension erected 1923 - bronze plaque outside of portico, with marble plaque above door inside with black carved lettering. Four marble tablets flanking door list names of those who served and fell. Extension was to provide 'X-ray electrical treatment and massage services'. Original intention was that the names of the fallen from WW1 would only appear on this memorial and not on WMP0745, which is why they are displayed in the entrance.

View Further Details Memorial Type:Hospital or Clinic Ref: WMP0747 Other Designation: N/A Notes: Date Listed: 25/03/2009 Listing Description reads: WAR MEMORIAL PORTICO AT MARKET HARBOROUGH & DISTRICT HOSPTIAL, COVENTRY ROAD First World War Memorial; stone with marble panels and bronze plaque; octagonal in plan. The Cottage Hospital and its memorial wing are not of special architectural or historical interest. EXTERIOR: The memorial forms the entrance to the memorial wing of a cottage hospital. It has a moulded cornice, with frieze and architrave supported by Tuscan columns at four corners of the three open sides of the octagon. There is a bronze plaque with a scrolled lower edge attached to the frieze between the two front columns inscribed with the following: 'This extension erected by public subscription/ in commemoration of the services of the men of the urban district of Market Harborough in the /Great War. 1914-1918'. INTERIOR: The remaining five sides of the memorial are recessed within the hospital building, with double doors at the back giving access to the memorial wing. Above the door is a marble tablet with the following inscription: 'The names inscribed on these panels are a record of the/ men from the urban district who served in the Great War./ The names of men who gave their lives are indicated by a cross'. The other four sides, two either side of the door, are filled with marble tablets framed in stone, inscribed with 953 names of those who served; those who died are indicated by a red cross by their name. HISTORY: A public meeting held in Market Harborough on 12th December 1918 proposed that the town should have two war memorials. The first was a column or cross in the town square to commemorate those who died in the Great War, but the second was to be a free library and reading room in the centre of town in recognition of all those who served. The memorial in the square (listed at Grade II) was dedicated on 21st Sept 1921, but the plans for the library never materialised, and instead were transformed into a memorial extension to the Cottage Hospital, opened in 1923. The hospital was built in 1909. REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The memorial portico to Market Harborough and District Hospital is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * It is a reminder of the tragic impact of world events on local communities. * It is a simple classical structure that provides a dignified setting to plaques commemorating all those from Market Harborough who served in the First World War. UKNIWM Ref: 50601 Commissioned By: Public subscription Information Sources: LCC, Pmsa Website Links: http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/ne...

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Cottage Hospital - Market Harborough
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Inscription Reads

A 1923 D
THIS EXTENSION WAS ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION IN
COMMEMORATION OF THE SERVICES OF THE MEN OF
THE URBAN DISTRICT OF MARKET HARBOROUGH IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1918
THE NAMES INSCRIBED ON THESE PANELS ARE A RECORD OF THE
MEN FROM THE URBAN DISTRICT WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR
THE NAMES OF THE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES ARE INDICATED BY A CROSS
[NAMES]

Casualties Listing

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Name Rank Unit Batt Died Page - Frederick William Private Leicestershire Regiment 7 16/07/1916 Page - GH Page - FE Page - Ernest Henry Private Leicestershire Regiment 7 14/07/1916 Painter - CF