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Walpole St Peter War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Walpole, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.7282 / 52°43'41"N

Longitude: 0.2234 / 0°13'24"E

OS Eastings: 550239

OS Northings: 316823

OS Grid: TF502168

Mapcode National: GBR M2C.WVS

Mapcode Global: WHJP4.DPMC

Entry Name: Walpole St Peter War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 January 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440076

Location: Walpole, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE14

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: Walpole

Built-Up Area: Walpole St Peter

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Walpole St Peter with St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Summary

First World War memorial, with further names added after the Second World War and later conflicts.

Description

MATERIALS: sandstone.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is located within St Peter’s Churchyard. It has a three-stepped base and octagonal plinth topped by a tapering octagonal shaft with a pinnacle of a Calvary cross within a stone canopy shelter. The base of the Calvary is carved with a standing figure either side of Christ on the front face. The rear and sides are carved with further figures including St Michael and St George.

The memorial plinth is inscribed with a dedication for the fallen of the First World War which reads IN MEMORIAM 1914 – 1918. The other faces of the plinth are incised with the names of the fallen. The top step of the base has an inscription repeating around it and this reads THINK/ AND/ THANK. The second step is simply inscribed 1939 – 1945 on one face with the names of the fallen on two of the other faces with a further face being inscribed (NAME)/ KILLED IN NORTHERN IRELAND/ 1972.

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 Walpole St Peter 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 22 local servicemen who died during the First World War. The original design for the memorial is displayed in the Parish Hall and lists two saints, St Michael and St George, depicted on the memorial but no date or designer’s signature can be seen.

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the ten fallen of that conflict. There is also one name added for the Northern Ireland conflict.

In 2015 the memorial was conserved with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Walpole St Peter 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 striking design with an impressive composition of fine carved figurative sculpture;
* Group value: with the Church of St Peter (Grade I) and Grade-II listed tombs in the churchyard.

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