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Carleton Rode War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Carleton Rode, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.4883 / 52°29'18"N

Longitude: 1.115 / 1°6'53"E

OS Eastings: 611585

OS Northings: 292387

OS Grid: TM115923

Mapcode National: GBR TGF.SVY

Mapcode Global: VHL8N.8QS9

Entry Name: Carleton Rode War Memorial

Listing Date: 23 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442401

Location: Carleton Rode, South Norfolk, Norfolk, NR16

County: Norfolk

District: South Norfolk

Civil Parish: Carleton Rode

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Carleton Rode All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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First World War memorial, unveiled on 5 September 1920, with Second World War additions.


MATERIALS: Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: Carleton Rode War Memorial is located in a graveyard on Church Road, Carleton Rode. The memorial comprises a Latin cross standing some 3.6m high, with integral shaft and moulded lower section, which stands atop a square-section base with rustic, natural rock-like dressing around the edges and smooth faces within to bear the inscriptions, which stands above the four-stepped base.

The inscription reads: IN MEMORIAM/ (NAMES)/ GOD KING COUNTRY/ 1914 – 1918/ 1944/ (NAMES).

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 25 July 2017.


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 war memorial was raised at Carleton Rode as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The funds for the Carleton Rode memorial of £100 were raised by public subscription in 1919-20 largely through the efforts of W H Brown and the committee. It was designed by Sidney Smith and built by local masons, F W Youngs of Attleborough. The memorial was unveiled on 5 September 1920 by Major Cantley and dedicated by the Archdeacon of Norfolk, G M McDermott.

The memorial originally commemorated 20 local servicemen who fell in the First World War.

A Second World War name was added in 1947 and unveiled by one of the casualty’s work colleagues, an ex-serviceman, Mr J Backburn. Two more names were added in 2015, one from the First World War and one from the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Carleton Rode 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 the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple but dignified Latin cross;
* Group value: with Rectory Cottages (Grade II.

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