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Bucklesham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Bucklesham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.0314 / 52°1'52"N

Longitude: 1.2707 / 1°16'14"E

OS Eastings: 624450

OS Northings: 242044

OS Grid: TM244420

Mapcode National: GBR VPK.Q2C

Mapcode Global: VHLC1.Z64L

Plus Code: 9F4327JC+G7

Entry Name: Bucklesham War Memorial

Listing Date: 12 September 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1458497

Location: Bucklesham, East Suffolk, Suffolk, IP10

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Bucklesham

Built-Up Area: Bucklesham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk


First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.


First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in the churchyard, immediately to the south of the Church of St Mary (Grade II*) and close to The Old Rectory (Grade II).

The memorial comprises an elaborately carved stone crucifix on a tapering square plinth with a two-stepped square base. It stands approximately 2.7m high. Above the stone figure of Christ is a carved scroll inscribed with INRI.

At the foot of the plinth on the west side of the memorial is a rectangular stone plaque with flower holders cut in on either side.

The main inscription in incised lettering on the west face of the plinth reads: (west face) TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN HONOURED/ AND GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ (north face) (4 NAMES)/ (south face) (3 NAMES).

An additional inscription on a rectangular stone plaque attached to the west face of the base reads: ALSO OF THOSE WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES IN THE/ WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945/ (2 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 Bucklesham as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

It was erected by Messrs Clary and Wright (masons). The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 14 November 1920 by Sir Arthur Churchman MP.

The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Bucklesham War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary, 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 striking and well-carved crucifix memorial..

Group value:

* with the Church of St Mary (Grade II*) and The Old Rectory (Grade II).

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