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Great Glemham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Great Glemham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2034 / 52°12'12"N

Longitude: 1.4232 / 1°25'23"E

OS Eastings: 634003

OS Northings: 261657

OS Grid: TM340616

Mapcode National: GBR WNZ.SRJ

Mapcode Global: VHM7M.MW77

Entry Name: Great Glemham War Memorial

Listing Date: 23 April 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1453720

Location: Great Glemham, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk, IP17

County: Suffolk

District: Suffolk Coastal

Civil Parish: Great Glemham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk


First World War memorial cross in Portland stone, unveiled 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.


The memorial stands in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints (Grade I-listed), in close proximity to a number of Grade II-listed buildings. In Portland stone, it comprises a wheel-head cross rising from the corniced top of a tapering column, rectangular on plan. The cross head is ornamented with carved interlace patterns, whilst the slim entablature of the cornice is decorated with leaves and flowers carved in relief. The column stands on a simple base.

The principal dedicatory inscription incised into the front face of the columns reads TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN/ HONOURED/ MEMORY OF/ (15 NAMES)/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ 1914-1918/ ALSO OF/ (6 NAMES)/ 1939-1945. An inscription to the front face of the base reads THE MEN WERE VERY GOOD UNTO US AND/ WE WERE NOT HURT. THEY WERE A WALL/ UNTO US BOTH BY NIGHT AND DAY/ 1 SAM. 25 V.15-16.


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 Great Glemham as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 15 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 13 June and dedicated by Canon Lawrence. The names of six parishioners who died during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Great Glemham 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 conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* an unusual example of a wheel-head cross war memorial, in the Celtic style, in Portland stone.

Group value:

* with the Church of All Saints (Grade I-listed) and Grade II-listed buildings including The Cottage, Church Cottages, a K6 Telephone Kiosk, and the group of Martha’s Cottage, Post Office and Wisteria Cottage.

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