Thurne War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1456089
Date first listed:
02-Jul-2018
Statutory Address:
Churchyard of St Edmund's Church, Church Road, Thurne, Norfolk, NR29 3BT

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Location

Statutory Address:
Churchyard of St Edmund's Church, Church Road, Thurne, Norfolk, NR29 3BT

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

County:
Norfolk
District:
Great Yarmouth (District Authority)
Parish:
Thurne
National Park:
THE BROADS
National Grid Reference:
TG4053415592

Summary

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

Reasons for Designation

Thurne War Memorial, which is situated in St Edmund’s 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 simple but well-executed granite cross.

Group value:

* with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Edmund.

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 Thurne as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Thurne War Memorial, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard and was dedicated by the Dean of Norwich in 1920.The memorial commemorates seven local servicemen who fell in the First World War and three men who fell in the Second World War.

Details

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

MATERIALS: grey granite

DESCRIPTION: Thurne War Memorial is located in the churchyard of the Church of St Edmund, Church Road, Thurne, Norfolk. It is prominently situated in the south-east corner of the churchyard, facing the road and revealed by a gap created in the churchyard wall. It comprises a rough-hewn wheel-head cross on a plinth with two-stepped base. The plinth bears the First World War inscription. The Second World War inscriptions were added to a separate granite slab placed at the foot of the cross.

The inscription reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND/ IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THESE/ PARISHES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR US IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES)/ 1939 – 45/ (NAMES).

Sources

Websites
War Memorial Register, accessed 3 April 2018 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/19950

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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