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Ellingham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Ellingham, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.4737 / 52°28'25"N

Longitude: 1.4829 / 1°28'58"E

OS Eastings: 636635

OS Northings: 291898

OS Grid: TM366918

Mapcode National: GBR XM2.XC0

Mapcode Global: VHM6H.N390

Plus Code: 9F43FFFM+F5

Entry Name: Ellingham War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 June 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1447563

ID on this website: 101447563

Location: St Mary's Church, Kirby Row, South Norfolk, NR35

County: Norfolk

District: South Norfolk

Civil Parish: Ellingham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

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First World War memorial, with Second World War additions.


First World War memorial with Second World War additions.

MATERIALS: Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: Ellingham War Memorial is located in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary (Grade I-listed). It is prominently situated near the churchyard entrance, just off the main pathway to the church.

The memorial takes the form of a Latin cross-head with collar beneath on a tall, octagonal shaft, surmounting a tapering four-sided plinth and a three-stepped octagonal stone base. The plinth and uppermost step of the base carry the inscriptions in incised lettering painted black.

The principal inscription to the east face of the plinth reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND/ IN HONOURED MEMORY/ OF/ THE ELLINGHAM MEN/ WHO DIED ON SERVICE/ DURING THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918. The north and south faces carry the names of the Fallen.

Below the principal inscription, on the top step of the base, are the dates 1939 – 1945, flanked by the names of the fallen from the Second World War, three to each side.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 25 September 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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Ellingham as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Like many Norfolk war memorials, Ellingham's is situated within the churchyard. The memorial was presumably erected not long after the end of the First World War. It commemorates ten local servicemen who fell in the First World War and six men who fell in the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Ellingham War Memorial, which is situated in St Mary’s 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.

Architectural interest:
* as an elegant and well-executed Latin cross memorial.

Group value:
* for its relationship with the Grade I-listed Church of St Mary.

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