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Seething War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Seething, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5283 / 52°31'42"N

Longitude: 1.4182 / 1°25'5"E

OS Eastings: 631955

OS Northings: 297765

OS Grid: TM319977

Mapcode National: GBR WK2.KCF

Mapcode Global: VHM62.JQL4

Plus Code: 9F43GCH9+87

Entry Name: Seething War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 October 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1466443

Location: Seething, South Norfolk, Norfolk, NR15

County: Norfolk

District: South Norfolk

Civil Parish: Seething

Built-Up Area: Seething

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Tagged with: War memorial

Summary


First World War memorial, with later addition for the Second World War.

Description


First World War memorial, with later addition for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION
The war memorial is situated on the green outside the churchyard of the Church of St Margaret. It comprises a slender, stone wheel-head cross on a collared, octagonal shaft, a rectangular plinth with cornice and moulded base and a deep rusticated square base. The inscription in painted black lettering on the front (south) face of the pedestal reads:

IN MEMORY OF/ THE SEETHING MEN/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ (NAMES)/ LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER THEM/ FORGET NOT THEIR NAMES.

The east face is inscribed:

IN MEMORY OF/ THE MUNDHAM & / SEETHING MEN/ WHO FELL IN THE/ SECOND WORLD/ WAR 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES)/ "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"

The north face is inscribed:

1914 -1918/ (NAMES)/ REMEMBER THEM.

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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Seething, although it is not known exactly when it was erected. It commemorates five local men who lost their lives during the First World War. A further three names of servicemen who had previously lived locally and died during the war have subsequently been added. Following the Second World War a dedicatory inscription and the names of the four men who died in this conflict were also added.

Reasons for Listing


Seething War Memorial 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 community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:
* as a thoughtfully designed memorial in the form of a wheel-head cross.

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