New gun carving salutes war history of Kettering’s Legion Crescent

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2019

A wood carving of a First World War gun has been installed at Legion Crescent in Kettering, carved from cedar trees originally on the site.

The cedar trees, which recently had to be removed for safety reasons, were planted to replace captured German guns which were relocated from the land, near Kettering General Hospital.

In the 1920s the land was donated by the Duke of Buccleuch and 12 houses were built for First World War veterans. Following the end of the war two captured German field guns were displayed there alongside a battle-scarred tank. The tank was eventually broken up for scrap and the guns re-located, with the space replaced by the two cedar trees.

In addition to the wood carving, Kettering Borough Council has planted two new flower beds and will soon be planting more trees to improve the gateway entrance into the town.

Cllr Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “This new installation along with the plans for new flower beds and trees will help brighten up the approach into the town. The gun carving recognises the history of the homes on Legion Crescent and their association with veterans of the First World War in Kettering.”

Brendan Coleman, Head of Environmental Care at Kettering Borough Council, said: “It’s fitting to be able to use the original cedar trees for this wood-carving and continue their association with Legion Crescent. The addition of new flower beds and trees will also help improve this key entrance into Kettering.”