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Spooner Row War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Wymondham, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5342 / 52°32'3"N

Longitude: 1.0893 / 1°5'21"E

OS Eastings: 609627

OS Northings: 297411

OS Grid: TM096974

Mapcode National: GBR TG0.088

Mapcode Global: VHL8F.TKRM

Plus Code: 9F43G3MQ+MP

Entry Name: Spooner Row War Memorial

Listing Date: 18 June 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1455770

Location: Wymondham, South Norfolk, Norfolk, NR18

County: Norfolk

District: South Norfolk

Civil Parish: Wymondham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Summary


First World War memorial with Second World War addition.

Description

First World War memorial with Second World War addition.

DESCRIPTION: Spooner Row war memorial is located in the churchyard to the south of the Grade II-listed Spooner Row Church.

It is of rough-hewn grey granite and takes the form of a wheel-head cross rising from a tapering, four-sided plinth, which surmounts a single-step stone base. The south face of the plinth has a smooth inset panel, which bears the dedications and names in leaded lettering. The dedication reads, IN/ GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE/1914-1919/ (15 NAMES)/ 1939 – 1945/ (2 NAMES).

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 which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Spooner Row as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 15 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Like many Norfolk war memorials, this example at Spooner Row is situated within the churchyard.

Following the Second World War, the dates of the conflict and the names of the two casualties were added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Spooner Row War Memorial, which is situated in Spooner Row 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:

* a well-executed wheel-head cross memorial.

Group value:

* with the Grade II-listed Spooner Row Church.

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