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Covehithe War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Covehithe, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.3765 / 52°22'35"N

Longitude: 1.7051 / 1°42'18"E

OS Eastings: 652279

OS Northings: 281848

OS Grid: TM522818

Mapcode National: GBR YVZ.ZX8

Mapcode Global: VHM70.HJSJ

Plus Code: 9F439PG4+J3

Entry Name: Covehithe War Memorial

Listing Date: 5 February 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1452106

Location: Covehithe, East Suffolk, Suffolk, NR34

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Covehithe

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk


First World War memorial granite cross, unveiled 1919.


The grey granite memorial stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Andrew (Grade I), about 20m to the south of the church tower. It is opposite Whitehouse Farmhouse and Anchor House (both Grade II-listed). It comprises a plain Latin cross standing on a rough-hewn, tapering, base..

The inscription, in raised leaded lettering on the south face of the plinth, reads THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED BY/ THE PARISH TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF/ (4 NAMES)/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR/ THEIR COUNTRY IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914–1918.


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 Covehithe as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by four members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was unveiled in December 1919.

Reasons for Listing

Covehithe War Memorial, which stands in the 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:

* a simple yet poignant war memorial cross in granite;
* unusually, the memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and thus retains its original design intent.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Andrew (Grade I), and Whitehouse Farmhouse and Anchor House (both Grade II-listed).

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