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Little Saxham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in The Saxhams, Suffolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.2421 / 52°14'31"N

Longitude: 0.6338 / 0°38'1"E

OS Eastings: 579921

OS Northings: 263702

OS Grid: TL799637

Mapcode National: GBR QDW.K16

Mapcode Global: VHJGM.XXY2

Plus Code: 9F426JRM+RG

Entry Name: Little Saxham War Memorial

Listing Date: 18 July 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1436553

Location: The Saxhams, West Suffolk, Suffolk, IP29

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: The Saxhams

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Little Saxham St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Summary


First World War Memorial, 1920.

Description

MATERIALS: Portland stone plinth and York stone base.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in the churchyard of the church of St Nicholas (Grade I). It consists of a cross on a tapered plinth constructed out of Portland stone and is located on a York stone base. The head of the cross is in a patonce style and has intertwined carved IHS in its centre. All four sides of the Portland stone plinth are incised with inscriptions.

The inscription on the front face reads LEST WE FORGET/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND/ IN GRATEFUL LOVING MEMORY OF/ THE MEN WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES/ FOR/ LIBERTY AND HONOUR/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES)/ R.I.P. The rear face reads ALSO/ IN RECOGNITION OF THOSE/ FROM THIS PARISH/ WHO NOBLY CAME FORWARD FOR/ THEIR KING AND COUNTRY.

The inscriptions on the sides of the memorial read TRANSLATED FROM/ THE WARFARE OF THE WORLD/ INTO THE PEACE OF GOD and IN PEACE THEY SLEEP/ GOD THEIR SOULS/ WILL SAFELY KEEP.

History

Little Saxham War Memorial was raised to commemorate two local servicemen who died during the First World War. It was built by F H Goddard and unveiled by Gen.The Hon. F Stanley on 26 September 1920.

In 2012 the memorial was conserved with funding from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Little Saxham War Memorial, situated in churchyard of the church of St Nicholas, 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 conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet dignified example of the cross type of war memorial;
* Degree of survival: unusually the war memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and thus retains its original design intent;
* Group value: with the Grade I listed church of St Nicholas.

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