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Ashwicken, Bawsey and Leziate War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Leziate, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7404 / 52°44'25"N

Longitude: 0.5144 / 0°30'51"E

OS Eastings: 569839

OS Northings: 318833

OS Grid: TF698188

Mapcode National: GBR P5D.4WB

Mapcode Global: WHKQD.WC4Y

Entry Name: Ashwicken, Bawsey and Leziate War Memorial

Listing Date: 15 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442314

Location: Leziate, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE32

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: Leziate

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

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First World War memorial, c.1920, with Second World War additions.


MATERIALS: rough-hewn grey granite.

DESCRIPTION: Ashwicken, Bawsey and Leziate War Memorial is located in the churchyard of All Saints’ Church, Church Lane, Ashwicken, Norfolk. It is prominently situated to the right of the church porch. It comprises a wheel-head cross on a plinth with a single-stepped base. It has a smooth face to the front of plinth bearing inscriptions in leaded lettering.

The inscription is in leaded lettering and reads: TO THE HONOURED MEMORY/ OF THE MEN FROM THE PARISHES OF/ ASHWICKEN. BAWSEY & LEZIATE/ 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES)/ 1939 – 1945/ (NAME).


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.

Ashwicken memorial, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. The memorial was presumably erected, c.1920. The memorial represents the fallen from the villages of Ashwicken, Bawsey and Leziate. It commemorates nine local servicemen who fell in the First World War and one who fell in the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Ashwicken, Bawsey and Leziate War Memorial, which is situated in All Saints’ Churchyard, 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;
* Design: as a simple but well-executed granite cross;
* Group value: with the Church of All Saints (Grade II*).

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