Tasburgh War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
c30m to the north of St Mary's Church, The churchyard, Church Hill, Tasburgh, Norfolk, NR15 1NH


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Statutory Address:
c30m to the north of St Mary's Church, The churchyard, Church Hill, Tasburgh, Norfolk, NR15 1NH

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

South Norfolk (District Authority)
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First World War memorial, unveiled 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Tasburgh 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 conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* a simple yet poignant granite war memorial.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Mary (Grade I) and Old Hall Farmhouse and The Rectory (Grade II), and the scheduled Camp in the village.


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 Tasburgh as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 12 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Tasburgh Parish Council began to consider a war memorial in early 1919. A War Memorial Committee was set up to carry out the public’s wishes and the monument was unveiled in 1920 at a well-attended ecumenical ceremony. The memorial was unveiled by Lady Harvey and dedicated by the Dean of Norwich.

Following the Second World War, the name of one serviceman was added to the memorial.


Tasburgh war memorial is located in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary (Grade I-listed), beside the churchyard gate and in close proximity to other buildings listed at Grade II. It is within the scheduled area of the Camp in the village, a possible univallate hillfort.

The memorial comprises a rough-hewn granite monolith with a smooth panel cut into the front face, carrying the inscriptions. The texts are in applied metal letters, reading IN MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF TASBURGH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919/ (12 NAMES)/ 1939-1945 (NAME)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.


War Memorials Online, accessed 6 April 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/229029/
'Tasburgh Memories', Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News, Spring 2013, p33


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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