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Shouldham Thorpe War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Shouldham Thorpe, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.6444 / 52°38'39"N

Longitude: 0.4537 / 0°27'13"E

OS Eastings: 566103

OS Northings: 308014

OS Grid: TF661080

Mapcode National: GBR P6H.7HC

Mapcode Global: WHJPM.YS6L

Entry Name: Shouldham Thorpe War Memorial

Listing Date: 11 June 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1456073

Location: Shouldham Thorpe, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE33

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: Shouldham Thorpe

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk


First World War memorial, erected around 1920, with Second World War additions.


First World War memorial, erected around 1920, with Second World War additions.

MATERIALS: grey granite

DESCRIPTION: Shouldham Thorpe War Memorial is located in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Church Lane, Shouldham Thorpe, Norfolk. It is prominently situated to the west of the church near to the church door. It comprises a rough-hewn wheel-head cross on a plinth with single-stepped base. The plinth has a smoothed face that bears the First World War inscriptions in leaded lettering. The Second World War inscriptions were placed onto a small metal plaque that was affixed to the lower shaft of the cross.

The inscription on the plinth is in leaded lettering and reads IN MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF THIS VILLAGE WHO DIED/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES).

The inscription on the Second World War plaque reads IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS VILLAGE/ WHO DIED IN THE WAR 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).


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

Shouldham Thorpe War Memorial, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. The memorial was presumably erected around 1920. The memorial commemorates eight local servicemen who fell in the First World War and three men who fell in the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Shouldham Thorpe War Memorial, which is situated in St Mary the Virgin 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 this local community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as a simple but well-executed granite cross.

Group value:

* with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Mary the Virgin, the Grade II-listed Hall House and Grade II-listed Foremans House.

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