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Kelling War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Kelling, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.9424 / 52°56'32"N

Longitude: 1.1147 / 1°6'52"E

OS Eastings: 609382

OS Northings: 342879

OS Grid: TG093428

Mapcode National: GBR T90.DNJ

Mapcode Global: WHLQW.392L

Plus Code: 9F43W4R7+XV

Entry Name: Kelling War Memorial

Listing Date: 8 March 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1433008

Location: Kelling, North Norfolk, Norfolk, NR25

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Kelling

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Kelling St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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First World War memorial, c.1920, with later additions for the Second World War.


First World War memorial, c.1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial cross, c. 4 m high, stands on a small green where The Street meets the A149. The stone cross has a small foliate head rising from a crown, set on top of a tapering octagonal shaft. That rises from a fairly small square plinth, which itself is set on a five-sided base of two main stages, the lower stepped out as a shelf for wreaths. The plinth is inscribed TO / KEEP IN REMEMBRANCE / THE MEN OF KELLING / WHO FELL / IN THE WARS OF/ 1914-1918 / AND / 1939–1945. The names of those who fell appear on the other three sides. On the upper stage of the base is inscribed THEIR NAME LIVETH.


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. One such memorial was raised at Kelling, in c. 1920, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

Reasons for Listing

Kelling War Memorial, on a small green where The Street meets the A149, is listed at Grade II for the following 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;
* Design: a short but carefully designed stone cross.

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