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Honing War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Honing, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7993 / 52°47'57"N

Longitude: 1.4497 / 1°26'58"E

OS Eastings: 632646

OS Northings: 327998

OS Grid: TG326279

Mapcode National: GBR XH5.FBG

Mapcode Global: WHMSR.7WKV

Plus Code: 9F43QCXX+PV

Entry Name: Honing War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 November 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1451031

Location: Honing, North Norfolk, Norfolk, NR28

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Honing

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk


First World War memorial, unveiled 3 October 1919.


First World War memorial, 1919.

DESCRIPTION: Honing war memorial is located in the churchyard, to the east of the Grade II*-listed Church of St Peter and St Paul.

It is of Clipsham sandstone and takes the form of a small wheel-head cross fleurée above a moulded collar with floral carvings. This crowns a slender, fluted shaft, which terminates in a square base with inverted chamfered stops to the corners. The shaft rises from a four-sided plinth with a moulded foot, surmounting a three-stepped octagonal base. The whole stands on an octagonal concrete platform.

The plinth bears the inscriptions and names, carved in relief. The east face reads TO THE PRAISE OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN FROM HONING WHO/ GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR/ 1914 – 1919. The 13 names are listed on the remaining faces of the plinth grouped by regiment or military service.


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 Honing as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 13 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Formal discussions about a memorial for the parish of Honing began in July 1918, with a scheme agreed in March 1919. The proposal was to erect a memorial cross on an area known as the ‘Parish Plain’ (which now forms part of the churchyard). The memorial cost just under £190 and was paid for by public subscription. It was commissioned from Messrs Cornish and Gaymer of North Walsham, designed by John Gaymer.

The memorial was unveiled on 3 October 1919 and dedicated by the Bishop of Norwich. At the time of its unveiling 11 names were listed on the memorial. However, in 1924, a further two names were added to the memorial of men who had died from their wounds after the end of the war. The work was again done by Cornish and Gaymer.

In 2012 the memorial was restored following grant funding from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Honing War Memorial , which is situated in St Peter and St Paul’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 First World War.

Architectural interest:

* an elegant wheel-head cross fleurée memorial with finely carved details.

Group value:

* with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Peter and St Paul.

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