Norton Subcourse War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
c7m to the south of the church tower, St Mary and St Margaret's Church, Church Road, Norton Subcourse, Norfolk, NR14 6RU


Ordnance survey map of Norton Subcourse War Memorial
© Crown Copyright and database right 2019. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2019. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1455311 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 21-Oct-2019 at 01:45:06.


Statutory Address:
c7m to the south of the church tower, St Mary and St Margaret's Church, Church Road, Norton Subcourse, Norfolk, NR14 6RU

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

South Norfolk (District Authority)
Norton Subcourse
National Grid Reference:


First World War memorial limestone cross.

Reasons for Designation

Norton Subcourse War Memorial, which stands in the 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 the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the First World War.

Architectural interest: * a simple yet poignant war memorial cross; * unusually, the memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and thus retains its original design intent.

Group value: * with the Church of St Mary (Grade I-listed).


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 Norton Subcourse 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 commemorates 11 local servicemen who died in the First World War.


The limestone war memorial stands to the south of the Church of St Mary (Grade I-listed), in the churchyard. It comprises a plain Latin cross rising from a simple collar at the top of a tall shaft, square on plan. The cross shaft stands on a tapering pedestal, which stands on a three-stepped octagonal base. The plinth and uppermost step of the base bears the inscriptions, in incised lettering.

The principal dedicatory inscription to the front face of the pedestal reads IN/ GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919. The commemorated names are listed on two faces of the pedestal, whilst below on the front face of the upper step an inscription reads GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN/ THAN THIS. THAT A MAN LAY/ DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS./ “PEACE, PERFECT PEACE.”


War Memorials Online, accessed 6 March 2018 from


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

Your Contributions

Do you know more about this entry?

The following information has been contributed by users volunteering for our Enriching The List project. For small corrections to the List Entry please see our Minor Amendments procedure.

The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. We have not checked that the contributions below are factually accurate. Please see our terms and conditions. If you wish to report an issue with a contribution or have a question please email [email protected].