History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Mendham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Mendham, Suffolk

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

Coordinates

Latitude: 52.3979 / 52°23'52"N

Longitude: 1.3352 / 1°20'6"E

OS Eastings: 626997

OS Northings: 283000

OS Grid: TM269830

Mapcode National: GBR WLJ.NDD

Mapcode Global: VHL95.3Z6N

Plus Code: 9F4398XP+53

Entry Name: Mendham War Memorial

Listing Date: 19 April 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1454777

Location: Mendham, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP20

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Mendham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Tagged with: War memorial

Summary


A First World War memorial, unveiled in 1921 and added to following the Second World War.

Description

A First World War memorial, unveiled in 1921 and added to following the Second World War.

MATERIALS: a stone memorial cross with lead lettering.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial consists of a three-stepped base topped by a tapering square plinth. Above is a rough-hewn shaft and wheel cross. A dedication picked out in raised lettering is located on the front (north) face of the plinth and reads 'TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918'. The names of the Fallen are on either side of the plinth. A dedication to the Fallen of the Second World War and their names has been added to the north face of the base's top tier.

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

Mendham War Memorial was built by Mr HL Perfitt in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints (Grade I). It was unveiled by Mrs Sancroft Holmes at a ceremony held in July 1921. The memorial does not appear on the post-war series of Ordnance Survey maps; however, a report of the unveiling was made in the East Anglian Daily Times in 1921. The memorial commemorates 14 local servicemen who died during the First World War. Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the four Fallen of that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Mendham War Memorial, situated in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints, 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:
* it utilises good-quality stone in its sombre design;

Group value:
* with the Church of All Saints (Grade I).

External Links

External links are from the relevant listing authority and, where applicable, Wikidata. Wikidata IDs may be related buildings as well as this specific building. If you want to add or update a link, you will need to do so by editing the Wikidata entry.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.