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Latitude: 52.5191 / 52°31'8"N
Longitude: 1.0428 / 1°2'34"E
OS Eastings: 606545
OS Northings: 295599
OS Grid: TM065955
Mapcode National: GBR TG4.0GJ
Mapcode Global: VHL8F.1Y57
Entry Name: Besthorpe War Memorial
Location: Besthorpe, Breckland, Norfolk, NR17
Traditional County: Norfolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk
Listing Date: 20 February 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1442377
First World War memorial, circa 1920.
Besthorpe War Memorial is located in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints, Bunwell Road, Besthorpe, Norfolk. It comprises a stone wheel-head cross on a tapering plinth with a two-stepped square-section base. The plinth bears an inscription in incised lettering but this is difficult to read.
The inscription reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF/ THOSE BRAVE MEN OF BESTHORPE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES).
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.
Besthorpe memorial, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. The memorial was presumably erected circa 1920. The memorial commemorates 16 local servicemen who fell in the First World War.
Besthorpe 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 this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the First World War;
* Design: as a simple but well-executed stone wheel head cross;
* Group value: with the Grade I-listed Church of All Saints, and the nearby Grade II-listed Besthorpe Hall.
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