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Antingham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Antingham, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8463 / 52°50'46"N

Longitude: 1.3438 / 1°20'37"E

OS Eastings: 625267

OS Northings: 332878

OS Grid: TG252328

Mapcode National: GBR WF3.JKC

Mapcode Global: WHMSH.MQ3C

Entry Name: Antingham War Memorial

Location: Antingham, North Norfolk, Norfolk, NR28

County: Norfolk

District: North Norfolk

Parish: Antingham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Listing Date: 15 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442293

Summary

First World War memorial with later additions.

Description

MATERIALS: rough-hewn grey granite.

DESCRIPTION: Antingham War Memorial is located in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Antingham, North Norfolk. It is prominently situated by the path leading to the church. It comprises a wheel-head cross on a plinth which has a smooth face to the front bearing inscriptions in leaded lettering. The Second World War dedication is on a separate step placed at the front foot of the cross.

Four First World War names and two Second World War names are written on the memorial. The First World War names includes a Military Cross winner who was the Rector’s son, and to whom an oak reredos was dedicated inside the church in 1924.

The inscription on the plinth is in leaded lettering and reads: LEST WE FORGET/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF THE/ MEN OF ANTINGHAM/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919/ FOR ENGLAND, HOME, AND FREEDOM / (NAMES) / THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.

The Second World War inscription reads: 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES)/ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

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.

The Antingham memorial, like many Norfolk war memorials, was erected within the churchyard and was completed and dedicated by 1921. The memorial commemorates four local servicemen who fell in the First World War.

The additional Second World War plaque was installed in 2014 and the memorial rededicated at the village Remembrance Service that year.

Reasons for Listing

Antingham War Memorial, which is situated in St Mary’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 the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet dignified granite memorial cross;
* Group value: with the Church of St Mary (Grade I) and the remains of the Church of St Margaret (Grade II).

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