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Scoulton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Scoulton, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.5705 / 52°34'13"N

Longitude: 0.9097 / 0°54'34"E

OS Eastings: 597284

OS Northings: 300937

OS Grid: TF972009

Mapcode National: GBR SCV.W9B

Mapcode Global: WHLSH.YNC8

Plus Code: 9F42HWC5+5V

Entry Name: Scoulton War Memorial

Listing Date: 16 March 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1453982

Location: Scoulton, Breckland, Norfolk, NR9

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Scoulton

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk


First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.


First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.

MATERIALS: limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located in the churchyard of the Grade I listed Holy Trinity Church. It comprises a limestone wheel-head cross on a simple shaft, surmounting a tapering four-sided plinth with moulded cap, on a single-tiered base. The plinth bears the following inscription in incised lettering: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND/ IN GRATEFUL AND LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914-1918/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE// (NAMES)// 1939-1945/ (NAMES)// [Additional plaque on the shaft:] A MEMORIAL PLAQUE/ HAS BEEN PLACED/ IN THE CHURCH/ NOVEMBER 1981.

This additional metal plaque was added in 1981 to the lower part of the shaft, presumably in commemoration of the same men, when the inscriptions became difficult to read.


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

Scoulton War Memorial was erected around 1920 and, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. It commemorates 11 local servicemen who fell in the First World War and four men who fell in the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Scoulton War Memorial 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.

Group value:

* it has strong group value with the Grade I listed Church of All Saints.

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