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Marshland Smeeth and Fen War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Marshland St. James, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6604 / 52°39'37"N

Longitude: 0.2465 / 0°14'47"E

OS Eastings: 552033

OS Northings: 309329

OS Grid: TF520093

Mapcode National: GBR M3C.94D

Mapcode Global: WHJPJ.RDKB

Entry Name: Marshland Smeeth and Fen War Memorial

Location: Marshland St. James, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE14

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Parish: Marshland St. James

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Listing Date: 4 April 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1444678

Summary

First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War. Erected in the 1920s. Architect unknown.

Description

First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War. Erected in the 1920s. Architect unknown.

MATERIALS: Carved from grey granite.

DESCRIPTION: Marshland Smeeth and Fen War Memorial is prominently situated at the entrance to the cemetery in Marshland St James and facing the road. It comprises a polished grey granite Latin cross on a tapering four-sided plinth with granite foot, and four-stepped concrete base below. This is bounded by concrete posts connected by chains. The plinth bears the inscriptions in incised and painted lettering.

The inscription on the western face reads ERECTED BY THE / INHABITANTS OF / MARSHLAND SMEETH & FEN / IN GRATEFUL MEMORY / OF THEIR FRIENDS WHO LAID DOWN / THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914-1918 / (NAMES) // ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD / AND MAY LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM / LEST WE FORGET. The northern face is inscribed ALSO / IN MEMORY OF THE / MEN OF / MARSHLAND ST JAMES / (NAMES) / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES / IN THE WORLD WAR / 1939 – 1945

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. 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 which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Marshland St James in the 1920s as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the Marshland Smeeth and Fen area who lost their lives in the First World War.

Reasons for Listing

Marshland Smeeth and Fen War Memorial, which stands at the entrance to Marshland St James cemetery, 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 conflicts of the C20;
* Design: a simple Latin cross on a tapering four-sided plinth.

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