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Banningham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Colby, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8169 / 52°49'0"N

Longitude: 1.2869 / 1°17'12"E

OS Eastings: 621587

OS Northings: 329437

OS Grid: TG215294

Mapcode National: GBR VD3.G5H

Mapcode Global: WHMSN.RG0B

Entry Name: Banningham War Memorial

Location: Colby, North Norfolk, Norfolk, NR11

County: Norfolk

District: North Norfolk

Parish: Colby

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Listing Date: 23 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442367

Summary

First World War memorial, c.1920.

Description

MATERIALS: limestone.

DESCRIPTION: Banningham War Memorial is located in the churchyard of St Botolph’s, Colby Road, Banningham. It is prominently situated in the churchyard, visible from the road through the village by the north-east corner of the church. The memorial comprises a foliate Latin cross on a moulded plinth with a three-stepped base. The upper two steps of the base have an upper lip. It has incised inscriptions to the plinth and upper step.

The inscription is incised and reads: (to the plinth) 1914 – 1919/ (below this, to the upper step:) TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE/ MEN OF BANNINGHAM/ WHO FELL IN THE WAR/ (to the left side of the upper step:) (four First World War names, A-N), (to the right side of the upper step:) (four First World War names, P-S).

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.

One such war memorial was raised at Banningham as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

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

The memorial was to take the form of a cross, and was situated in St Botolph’s churchyard at the north-east corner of the church. It appears to be little altered since it was erected, as no Second World War names have been added.

Reasons for Listing

Banningham War Memorial, which is situated in St Botolph’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 small but fine foliate Latin cross with very good incised lettering;
* Group value: with the Church of St Botolph (Grade I) and the Old Rectory (Grade II).

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