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Longham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Longham, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7085 / 52°42'30"N

Longitude: 0.8587 / 0°51'31"E

OS Eastings: 593220

OS Northings: 316149

OS Grid: TF932161

Mapcode National: GBR R8X.1YK

Mapcode Global: WHLRX.555X

Entry Name: Longham War Memorial

Listing Date: 4 April 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1444627

Location: Longham, Breckland, Norfolk, NR19

County: Norfolk

District: Breckland

Civil Parish: Longham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Longham St Andrew and St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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First World War memorial, with later additions for other conflicts. Erected between 1919 and 1939. Architect unknown.


First World War memorial, with later additions for other conflicts. Erected between 1919 and 1939. Architect unknown.

MATERIALS: Carved in marble

DESCRIPTION: The war memorial at Longham comprises a simple obelisk mounted on top of a square plinth. The plinth stands on top of a single marble step and the whole stands on a step of a contrasting stone. The E face of the plinth is inscribed TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF / (NAMES) / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1918. / ERECTED BY THE PARISHONERS. The inscription on the W face reads AND ALL / THOSE WHO HAVE / FALLEN IN OTHER / CONFLICTS and has clearly been added later.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 6 June 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. 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 which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised in the churchyard of the Church of St Andrew and St Peter, Longham as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Reasons for Listing

Longham War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Andrew and St Peter, 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 local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: a marble obelisk on a square plinth;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Andrew and St Peter.

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