Stoke Ferry War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1455996
Date first listed:
18-Jun-2018
Statutory Address:
Town Square, High Street, Stoke Ferry, Norfolk, PE33 9SF

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Location

Statutory Address:
Town Square, High Street, Stoke Ferry, Norfolk, PE33 9SF

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

County:
Norfolk
District:
King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District Authority)
Parish:
Stoke Ferry
National Grid Reference:
TL7043699904

Summary

First World War memorial, erected around 1920, with Second World War additions.

Reasons for Designation

Stoke Ferry War Memorial, which is situated in the Town Square, High Street, adjacent to All Saints 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 this local community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* a as a simple but well-executed granite cross.

Group value:

* with the Grade II-listed Church of All Saints, the Grade II*-listed Stoke Ferry Hall, and several Grade II-listed buildings on High Street and immediately adjacent to a Grade II-listed K6 Telephone Kiosk.

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 which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Stoke Ferry as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Stoke Ferry War Memorial was situated in the Town Square, adjacent to All Saints’ churchyard. The memorial was presumably erected, around 1920. The memorial commemorates 17 local servicemen who fell in the First World War and three men who fell in the Second World War.

Details

First World War memorial, erected around 1920, with Second World War additions.

DESCRIPTION: Stoke Ferry War Memorial is located in the Town Square, adjacent to All Saints’ churchyard, High Street, Stoke Ferry, Norfolk. It comprises a c.3m rough-hewn grey granite wheel-head cross on a tapering plinth with a two-stepped stone base with four low stone bollards at each corner of the wide lower step. The lower part of the shaft and the front face of the plinth bear the inscriptions on marble panels.

The inscription is incised and blacked and reads: IN/ HONOURED/ MEMORY OF/ OUR GALLANT/ FALLEN FROM/ THIS VILLAGE/ IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918// (NAMES)/ WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).

Sources

Websites
War Memorial Register, accessed 26 March 2018 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/19670
War Memorials Online, accessed 26 March 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/137873/

Legal

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

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