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Foxley War Memorial, including railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Foxley, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7558 / 52°45'20"N

Longitude: 1.0161 / 1°0'57"E

OS Eastings: 603628

OS Northings: 321839

OS Grid: TG036218

Mapcode National: GBR S9V.CNZ

Mapcode Global: WHLRL.LZ2R

Entry Name: Foxley War Memorial, including railings

Listing Date: 15 March 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1443387

Location: Foxley, Breckland, Norfolk, NR20

County: Norfolk

District: Breckland

Civil Parish: Foxley

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Foxley St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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First World War memorial, with Second World War additions. Stone obelisk on a tapering plinth and three-stepped base, within a railed enclosure.


MATERIALS: Portland Stone.

DESCRIPTION: Foxley War Memorial is located on a green area at the junction of the A1067 (Norwich Road) and Old Fakenham Road. It comprises an obelisk, square on plan, standing on a tapering four-sided plinth which stands on a three-stepped, square, base. The whole is enclosed by wrought-iron railings painted black, with gold paint around the top and on the finials.

The inscription to the front face of the plinth is incised and reads SACRED/ TO THE MEMORY OF/ (3 NAMES)/ OF THIS PARISH/ WHO DIED SERVING THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918 with below on the top step “LEST WE FORGET”/ R.I.P. The later Second World War inscription to a side face of the plinth reads (NAME)/ RAFVR/ ACCIDENTALLY KILLED IN/ INDIA 11TH JUNE 1943.


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. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Foxley as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by three members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Following the Second World War the name of one airman who was killed accidentally whilst on service in India was added.

Reasons for Listing

Foxley War Memorial, including railings, which is situated at the junction of the A1067 (Norwich Road) and Old Fakenham Road, 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: as a simple yet dignified stone obelisk, with decorative railed enclosure.

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