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Boughton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Boughton, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5912 / 52°35'28"N

Longitude: 0.5079 / 0°30'28"E

OS Eastings: 569982

OS Northings: 302216

OS Grid: TF699022

Mapcode National: GBR P74.H7D

Mapcode Global: WHKR5.S42C

Entry Name: Boughton War Memorial

Location: Boughton, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE33

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Parish: Boughton

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Listing Date: 15 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442166

Summary

First World War memorial, c.1920.

Description

Boughton War Memorial is located in the churchyard of All Saints Church, Church Lane, Boughton, Norfolk. It is prominently situated by the church tower. It comprises a stone Latin cross atop a four-sided collared shaft with chamfered corners. This meets with a moulded, square-section plinth atop a single stone step base.

The inscription reads: (Left face) IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ THIS CROSS IS HUMBLY DEDICATED/ BY THE INHABITANTS OF THE VILLAGE/ (Right face) AND THEY SHALL BE MINE/ SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS/ IN THAT DAY WHEN/ I MAKE UP MY JEWELS/ MALACHI V3 CH17/ (Reverse) 1914 – 1918.

Apart from the dates and the names, the rest of the inscription has been replaced by inserted marble slabs.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 20 February 2017.

History

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.

Boughton, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. The memorial was presumably erected, c.1920. The memorial commemorates five local servicemen who fell in the First World War.

In 2009, the memorial was cleaned and replacement panels were inserted into two sides of the plinth.

Reasons for Listing

Boughton War Memorial, which is situated in All Saints 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 the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as an elegant and dignified Latin cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed Church of All Saints.

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