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Emneth War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Emneth, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6432 / 52°38'35"N

Longitude: 0.1982 / 0°11'53"E

OS Eastings: 548825

OS Northings: 307317

OS Grid: TF488073

Mapcode National: GBR M3H.8XZ

Mapcode Global: WHJPJ.0TNJ

Entry Name: Emneth War Memorial

Listing Date: 17 September 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1457708

Location: Emneth, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE14

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: Emneth

Built-Up Area: Wisbech

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Summary

First and Second World War memorial. May 1920 with the names of the Fallen of the Second World War added after 1945.

Description

First World War memorial. Erected in 1920.

MATERIALS: Carved from granite.

DESCRIPTION: Emneth War Memorial is located in the burial ground across the road from the Church of St Edmund, Church Road, Emneth, Norfolk. It is prominently situated in the centre of the burial ground. It comprises a polished grey granite wheel head cross on a cylindrical column with moulded collar and foot, on a tall four-sided plinth, and three-tiered square stepped base. The plinth bears the inscriptions in black painted incised lettering.

The inscription reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF LOVED / ONES WHO LAID DOWN THEIR / LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1919 / THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE / ERECTED BY THE PARISHIONERS / OF EMNETH MAY 16TH 1920 // (NAMES) // (NAMES) // 1939 – 1945 / (NAMES).

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw an unprecedented wave of public commemoration with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 Emneth, as permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Emneth War Memorial is situated within the churchyard extension across the road from the Church of St Edmund. The memorial was unveiled on 16 May, 1920, and commemorates 27 local servicemen who fell in the First World War and 12 men who fell in the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Emneth War Memorial, which stands in the extension to the churchyard of the church of St Edmund, Emneth, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* as a simple, but well executed wheel-headed cross in granite.

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.

Group value:

* with the Grade I-listed Church of St Edmund and its associated Grade II-listed tombstones.

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