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War Memorial, Gorleston Old Cemetery

A Grade II Listed Building in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5783 / 52°34'41"N

Longitude: 1.7163 / 1°42'58"E

OS Eastings: 651882

OS Northings: 304321

OS Grid: TG518043

Mapcode National: GBR YRJ.8QR

Mapcode Global: WHNW5.BGJ7

Plus Code: 9F43HPH8+8G

Entry Name: War Memorial, Gorleston Old Cemetery

Listing Date: 6 September 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393955

English Heritage Legacy ID: 508015

Location: Claydon, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31

County: Norfolk

Electoral Ward/Division: Claydon

Built-Up Area: Gorleston-on-Sea

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Gorleston St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Description


839-1/0/10033 MAGDALEN WAY
06-SEP-10 Gorleston-on-Sea
(West side)
War Memorial, Gorleston Old Cemetery

GV II
War memorial built in the early C20.
MATERIALS: Limestone with knapped flint facings.

PLAN: Octagonal base with central shaft.

EXTERIOR: The war memorial is in the form of a faceted stone Cross of Sacrifice, its face inlaid with a bronze sword. It has a dressed stone, octagonal base, which is inscribed with a dedication to those who were killed in the First World War. The memorial sits on a plain octagonal plinth, the lower of its two tiers inlaid with square-cut, knapped flint on each of its faces. There is stone paving around the base of the memorial to which access is gained via a single stone step.

HISTORY: The development of Gorleston has been closely linked to that of Great Yarmouth, but in the medieval period the two were separate. Located to the south of Great Yarmouth across the River Yare, the historic core of Gorleston centred at the junction of the High Street and Baker Street with an Austin Friars house to the north. Although primarily a fishing village, farming and brewing grew in importance in the C19. As the village of Gorleston expanded northwards, Great Yarmouth extended its reach south of the river and the two settlements are now co-joined. In the late C19 the resort of Gorleston grew to the south of Great Yarmouth where a number of select residential developments, public and semi-public buildings were constructed. The Cemetery at Gorleston-On-Sea is located at the junction of Magdalen Way and Crab Lane on the northern side of the town. It was laid out in 1879, the main distinguishing features being the lodge with attached archway and gatehouse at the entrance to the cemetery, and the chapel (1889) to the west. Both buildings are by JW Cockrill (1849-1924), who was the borough architect between 1874 and 1922. The war memorial, which dates from the early C20, stands at the east end of the cemetery, and commemorates those who fell during the First World War.

SOURCES:
Brodie, A and Winter, G, 'Englands Seaside Resorts', English Heritage (2007)
Ferry, K, 'Powerhouses of Provincial Architecture 1837-1914' The Victorian Society, (2009)45-58
Manship, H, 'History of Great Yarmouth' circa 1619 (Edited by C J Palmer 1856)
Pearson, L, 'People's Palaces Britain's Seaside Pleasure Buildings' (1991)53-65
Pevsner, N and Wilson, B 'The Buildings of England: Norfolk 1 Norwich and the North-East' 2nd Ed (1997)488-529
www.pastscape.org.uk, accessed 21st August 2009

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION
The War Memorial at Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* HISTORIC: The memorial has special historic interest commemorating those members of the community who died in the two world wars and other subsequent conflicts.
* ARCHITECTURAL: The memorial is a simple but architecturally distinct tribute to the fallen, which is well executed using good quality materials.
* GROUP VALUE: It has group value with other listed buildings nearby.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 16 June 2017.

Reasons for Listing

The War Memorial at Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk has been designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* HISTORIC: The memorial has special historic interest commemorating those members of the community who died in the two world wars and other subsequent conflicts.
* ARCHITECTURAL: The memorial is a simple but architecturally distinct tribute to the fallen, which is well executed using good quality materials.
* GROUP VALUE: It has group value with other listed buildings nearby.

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