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North Tuddenham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in North Tuddenham, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6753 / 52°40'31"N

Longitude: 1.0402 / 1°2'24"E

OS Eastings: 605631

OS Northings: 312963

OS Grid: TG056129

Mapcode National: GBR TD5.CSH

Mapcode Global: WHLS5.Y0HV

Entry Name: North Tuddenham War Memorial

Listing Date: 4 November 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439197

Location: North Tuddenham, Breckland, Norfolk, NR20

County: Norfolk

District: Breckland

Civil Parish: North Tuddenham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: North Tuddenham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Summary

First World War memorial with Second World War additions.

Description

MATERIALS: limestone.

DESCRIPTION: North Tuddenham War Memorial is located within the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, and comprises a gabled medieval Calvary cross on a fluted column with a collar. The column rises from a tapering square plinth set upon a single-stepped base.

The front face of the plinth is incised with: IN/ LOVING MEMORY/ OF/ (NAMES)/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR. Another face is inscribed: ERECTED BY THEIR/ SORROWING RELATIVES/ AND/ GRATEFUL FRIENDS. The other faces also are inscribed with names.

The base is inscribed on one side: 1914 – 1919/ R.I.P. and another side carries the date: 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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 North Tuddenham as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It commemorates 11 local servicemen who fell during the First World War. 

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the six fallen of that conflict.

In 2009 the memorial was conserved with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

North Tuddenham War Memorial 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 community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a well-executed stone Calvary cross;
* Group value: with St Mary’s Church (Grade I).

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