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Rollesby War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Rollesby, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6846 / 52°41'4"N

Longitude: 1.6179 / 1°37'4"E

OS Eastings: 644626

OS Northings: 315794

OS Grid: TG446157

Mapcode National: GBR YPC.MVW

Mapcode Global: WHMTD.TSMB

Entry Name: Rollesby War Memorial

Listing Date: 29 May 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1456610

Location: Rollesby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29

County: Norfolk

District: Great Yarmouth

Civil Parish: Rollesby

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Summary

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

Description

First World War memorial, 1920.

MATERIALS: Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: Rollesby War Memorial is located in the churchyard of St George’s Church, Fleggburgh Road, Rollesby, Norfolk. It is prominently situated at the north-eastern corner of the churchyard, at the entrance to the churchyard from the junction of Fleggburgh Road and Heath Road. It comprises a tall 4.2m high Portland stone Latin cross with octagonal sides, atop an octagonal shaft with moulded collar and foot, standing on a four-sided plinth with similarly moulded foot, atop a five-tiered circular stepped base that is 2.7m in diameter at the bottom. The plinth bears the inscriptions in incised lettering.

The inscription reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ FROM ROLLESBY/ 1914 – 1918.

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

Rollesby, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. The memorial commemorates 13 local servicemen who fell in the First World War and six men who fell in the Second World War.

The memorial was designed by Henry Walter Sarel of London, architect son of the late General Sarel of Rollesby Hall. Henry Walter Sarel trained as assistant to Frank Edward Whiting. It was unveiled by Mrs Brownsword, late of Rollesby Hall on 31 October 1920.

Reasons for Listing

Rollesby War Memorial, which is situated in St George’s 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:

* an elegant and well-executed Portland stone cross.

Group value:

* with the Grade II*-listed Church of St George, the Grade II-listed Old Rectory and the Grade II-listed Old World Cottages.

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