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Restoration of Kibworth’s War Memorial


A major restoration of Kibworth’s war memorial was undertaken during 2014 and 2015.  Situated in St Wilfrid’s churchyard on Church Road, Kibworth, the stone memorial was originally erected in the early 1920s and listed the names of local men who died in military service during the 1914-1918 World War conflict.  The Second World War from 1939-1945 saw other names added to the memorial in the late 1940s.


Over the years the stonework gradually darkened and the inscribed names became less readable.  In more recent times the tall memorial began to lean, one estimate being of a 9° tilt by 2013.  A programme for refurbishing the memorial was prepared; permissions from church authorities and funding from Harborough District Council were sought and secured.


The thorough non-destructive cleaning process was carried out during the autumn of 2014 and the careful dismantling and re-erection of the memorial on new foundations were undertaken in the summer of 2015.


This splendid monument is now in excellent condition.  It pays tribute to those who died in the two World Wars but, more than that, it reminds each generation of the great sacrifices made in the efforts to bring peace between nations.

The following photographs record the 2015 restoration.              Norman Harrison & George Weston

Kibworth’s war memorial

in the 1920s

BBC Radio Leicester presenter Jo Hayward visited Kibworth's restored war memorial in late September 2015.  She recorded interviews with Norman Harrison (History Society Chairman), Sheila Leslie-Miller and Sue Bradbury (both having been instrumental in promoting the restoration).  The edited recording was broadcast on Radio Leicester’s Breakfast Show on Friday morning 9 October 2015.  Click the speaker button to the right to listen to the broadcast.

broadcast on kib memorial 091015.mp3