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Swanton Morley War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Swanton Morley, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.7161 / 52°42'57"N

Longitude: 0.9883 / 0°59'17"E

OS Eastings: 601934

OS Northings: 317345

OS Grid: TG019173

Mapcode National: GBR SB6.QNG

Mapcode Global: WHLRS.4ZVP

Plus Code: 9F42PX8Q+C8

Entry Name: Swanton Morley War Memorial

Listing Date: 16 March 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1453990

Location: Swanton Morley, Breckland, Norfolk, NR20

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Swanton Morley

Built-Up Area: Swanton Morley

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Summary


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

Description

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

MATERIALS: stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located in the churchyard of the Grade I listed All Saints Church. It comprises a stone wheel-head cross on a tapering plinth with moulded cap, on a single-stepped base. The plinth bears the following inscriptions in incised lettering: IN HONOUR OF CHRIST CRUCIFIED/ AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE// (NAMES)// (NAMES)/ 1939 – 1945.

History

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

Swanton Morley War Memorial was unveiled on 23 July 1920 and, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. The memorial commemorates 13 (originally 12, one added later) local servicemen who fell in the First World War and four men who fell in the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Swanton Morley War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* 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:

* with the Grade I listed Church of All Saints.

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