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Burgh-Next-Aylsham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Burgh and Tuttington, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7792 / 52°46'45"N

Longitude: 1.2868 / 1°17'12"E

OS Eastings: 621775

OS Northings: 325241

OS Grid: TG217252

Mapcode National: GBR VDH.N5C

Mapcode Global: WHMSV.QDZS

Entry Name: Burgh-Next-Aylsham War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442162

Location: Burgh and Tuttington, Broadland, Norfolk, NR11

County: Norfolk

District: Broadland

Civil Parish: Burgh and Tuttington

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Burgh-next-Aylsham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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First World War memorial, c.1920.


MATERIALS: rough-hewn grey granite.

DESCRIPTION: Burgh-Next-Aylsham War Memorial is located on the roadside at the junction of The Street and Wood Lane, Burgh-Next-Aylsham, Norfolk. It is prominently situated facing a crossroads in the middle of the village. It comprises a wheel-head cross on a plinth, raised on a large concrete base. The plinth has a smooth front face to bear inscriptions in lead.

The inscription is in leaded lettering and reads: TO/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES).


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country, 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.

Burgh-Next-Aylsham war memorial was sited by the roadside at the crossroads in the middle of the village, at the junction of The Street and Wood Lane. The memorial was presumably erected, c.1920. The memorial commemorates three local servicemen who fell in the First World War and appears to have remained unaltered since.

Reasons for Listing

Burgh-Next-Aylsham War Memorial, which is situated on the roadside at the junction of The Street and Wood Lane, 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 sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as a simple but well-executed granite cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II-listed The Old Manor and the Grade II-listed Greenacres.

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