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Overstrand War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Overstrand, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9174 / 52°55'2"N

Longitude: 1.3311 / 1°19'51"E

OS Eastings: 624047

OS Northings: 340749

OS Grid: TG240407

Mapcode National: GBR WDB.1CH

Mapcode Global: WHMS3.FX3T

Plus Code: 9F43W88J+XC

Entry Name: Overstrand War Memorial

Listing Date: 4 June 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1456642

Location: Overstrand, North Norfolk, Norfolk, NR27

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Overstrand

Built-Up Area: Overstrand

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, with Second World War additions.

MATERIALS: Clipsham stone.

DESCRIPTION: Overstrand War Memorial is located in the churchyard of the Church of St Martin, Cromer Road, Overstrand, Norfolk. It is prominently situated in the south side of the churchyard, inside one of the churchyard entrances. It comprises a 5m tall Clipsham stone wheel-head cross, pierced and cusped, atop a slender octagonal shaft with moulded collar and foot, surmounting a pentagonal plinth and three-stepped base.

The inscription is carved in relief and reads TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND TO KEEP/ IN REMEMBRANCE THE/ MEN OF OVERSTRAND/ WHO GAVE THIER LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919// GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN/ THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY/ DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.// (NAMES)// 1939 – 1945// (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 Overstrand as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Overstrand, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. The memorial was unveiled and dedicated on Sunday 23 May 1920. It was unveiled by Lord Hillingdon and dedicated by the Rector, the Reverend L C Carr. The memorial commemorates 40 local servicemen who fell in the First World War and 12 men who fell in the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Overstrand War Memorial, which is situated in St Martin’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:

* as an elegant slender cross executed skilfully in good quality stone.

Group value:

* with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Martin and the Grade II-listed Overstrand Hall.

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