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Latitude: 52.882 / 52°52'55"N
Longitude: 0.5798 / 0°34'47"E
OS Eastings: 573685
OS Northings: 334735
OS Grid: TF736347
Mapcode National: GBR P3R.9DQ
Mapcode Global: WHKPN.WT7F
Entry Name: Fring War Memorial
Listing Date: 20 March 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1443625
Location: Fring, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE31
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Civil Parish: Fring
Traditional County: Norfolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk
Church of England Parish: Fring All Saints
Church of England Diocese: Norwich
First World War memorial. Wheel-head grey granite cross on a plinth with single-stepped base.
MATERIALS: Grey granite.
DESCRIPTION: Fring war memorial is located on a small green at the junction of Docking Road and Fring Road. It comprises a rough-hewn wheel-head cross with a reversed sword carved in relief on the front face. The c2.5m tall cross stands on a tapering plinth with a single-stepped base. The plinth bears the inscriptions in applied metal lettering. The dedication reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ (6 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. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.
One such memorial was raised at Fring as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.
The memorial was erected at the centre of the hamlet in commemoration of six local servicemen who fell in the First World War. The first name on the war memorial is that of the eldest son of Richard Dusgate of Fring Hall: it is possible that the memorial was commissioned and paid for by the Lord of the Manor.
Fring War Memorial, which is situated on a green at the junction of Docking Road and Fring Road, 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 First World War;
* Architectural interest: a simple but poignant granite memorial cross;
* Degree of survival: unusually the memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration and thus retains its original design intent.