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Latitude: 52.4904 / 52°29'25"N
Longitude: 1.3644 / 1°21'51"E
OS Eastings: 628503
OS Northings: 293376
OS Grid: TM285933
Mapcode National: GBR WKD.XD0
Mapcode Global: VHL8S.LNNQ
Entry Name: Bedingham War Memorial
Location: Bedingham, South Norfolk, Norfolk, NR35
District: South Norfolk
Traditional County: Norfolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk
Listing Date: 21 February 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1442086
First World War memorial, circa 1920, with later additions for the Second World War, enclosed by low kerb and railings.
MATERIALS: rough-hewn grey granite.
DESCRIPTION: Bedingham War Memorial is located in the churchyard of the Church of St Andrew, Church Road, Bedingham, Norfolk. It is prominently situated in the churchyard. It comprises a granite wheel-head cross on a four-stepped base, the lowest step of another material. The upper three granite steps bear the incised, blacked inscriptions on polished surfaces. The small enclosure of the plot consists of a low kerb, with eight small, decorative metal posts linked by chains.
The inscription reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ THOSE FROM THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR US/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919/ (NAMES)/ THEIR NAMES LIVETH FOR EVERMORE/ 1939 – 1945/ (NAME).
The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.
Bedingham War Memorial, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. The memorial was presumably erected circa 1920. The memorial commemorates 13 local servicemen who fell in the First World War and one man who fell in the Second World War.
In 2014, the memorial was conserved including re-enamelling of the inscriptions, and repairs to the surrounding chains.
Bedingham War Memorial, which is situated in St Andrew’s Churchyard, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as a simple but well-executed granite cross;
* Group value: with the Church of St Andrew (Grade I) and Priory Farmhouse (Grade II).
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