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Nordelph War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Nordelph, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.5839 / 52°35'2"N

Longitude: 0.3007 / 0°18'2"E

OS Eastings: 555972

OS Northings: 300939

OS Grid: TF559009

Mapcode National: GBR M46.YNK

Mapcode Global: WHJPY.L9DZ

Entry Name: Nordelph War Memorial

Listing Date: 4 April 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1444680

Location: Nordelph, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE38

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: Nordelph

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Nordelph Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War. Erected in 1923. Architect unknown.


First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War. Erected in 1923. Architect unknown.

MATERIALS: Carved from grey granite.

DESCRIPTION: Nordelph War Memorial is located in front of Nordelph Village Hall, Birchfield Road, Nordelph, Norfolk. It is prominently situated, inside an enclosure, standing before the village hall, which is set back slightly from the road. It comprises a circa 1.5m high rough-hewn Celtic cross, with carved sword of sacrifice to the face, on a plinth with single-stepped base. The lower part of the shaft, and the plinth, bear the inscriptions in leaded lettering. The whole is within a kerbed enclosure bounded by seven posts connected by chains.

The inscription is in leaded and blacked lettering and reads (plinth) THEY DIED THAT / WE MIGHT LIVE / 1914 – 1918 / (NAMES) // (shaft) 1939 – 1945 / (NAME).
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, 5 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 at Nordelph as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Funded by public subscription, it was situated on land gifted by A H Worth. It was unveiled, and dedicated by the Reverend Dr E E Bradford DD, in 1923.

The war memorial was restored in 2016, funded by the War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Nordelph War Memorial, which stands in front of Nordelph Village Hall, 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 rough-hewn Celtic Cross, with carved sword of sacrifice, loosely derived from the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield’s Cross of Sacrifice for the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission.

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