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Titchwell War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Titchwell, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.9631 / 52°57'47"N

Longitude: 0.6227 / 0°37'21"E

OS Eastings: 576242

OS Northings: 343858

OS Grid: TF762438

Mapcode National: GBR Q45.87W

Mapcode Global: WHKP9.JSQ8

Plus Code: 9F42XJ7F+63

Entry Name: Titchwell War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 February 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1454095

Location: Titchwell, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE31

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: Titchwell

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

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War memorial, erected around 1920, dedicated to the fallen of the First World War.


War memorial, erected around 1920, dedicated to the fallen of the First World War.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is rectangular in plan, constructed of grey granite, and comprises a Celtic wheel cross with interlace carving to its front (south) elevation, standing on a tapered granite plinth and base, and concrete platform. The front (south) elevation of the plinth is inscribed: ‘IN MEMORY OF TITCHWELL MEN / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / (6 NAMES) / GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS / THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS’. The memorial is bounded by a low twisted rail, supported at each corner by a wrought-iron bar. The war memorial stands in a prominent location in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary (Grade I), to the east of the path from Church Lane.


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 in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary at Titchwell as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by six members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It is probable that the memorial was erected around 1920, and is shown in its current location on the 1928 Ordnance Survey map.

Reasons for Listing

Titchwell War Memorial, erected around 1920, and dedicated to the fallen of the First World War, 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:

* as a modest but well-executed memorial.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Mary (Grade I).

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