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Sutton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Sutton, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.0682 / 52°4'5"N

Longitude: 1.3637 / 1°21'49"E

OS Eastings: 630637

OS Northings: 246432

OS Grid: TM306464

Mapcode National: GBR WQM.9L4

Mapcode Global: VHLBX.L88V

Plus Code: 9F433997+7F

Entry Name: Sutton War Memorial

Listing Date: 26 October 2020

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1470349

Location: Sutton, East Suffolk, Suffolk, IP12

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Sutton

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk


A First World War Memorial unveiled after 1919, with additions made after the Second World War.


A First World War Memorial unveiled after 1919, with additions made after the Second World War.

MATERIALS AND PLAN: the memorial is square on plan and is constructed from stone with a textured finish. Inscriptions are written in leaded lettering.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands within the churchyard about 5m south of the Church of All Saints, Sutton (Grade II*). The memorial is approximately 3m tall and comprises a Celtic wheel-cross with a tapering shaft and moulded base set on a trapezoidal pedestal with a single-stepped square plinth. A relief of the Christogram, ‘IHS’, is carved in intertwining letters within a circular panel at the centre of the cross.

The inscription within a recessed panel on the south face of the pedestal reads: TO THE/ IMPERISHABLE MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF SUTTON/ WHO DIED FOR FREEDOM/ IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919/ LEST WE FORGET.

The names of the 14 men who lost their lives are inscribed on the east and west faces of the pedestal.

The inscription on the north face of the pedestal reads: 1939-1945/ IN/ GRATEFUL MEMORY OF (5 NAMES)/ AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING/ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


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 Sutton as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War were later added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Sutton War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* as a well-executed stone cross.

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 Church of All Saints (Grade II*).

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