Ingham War Memorial Cross


Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1456197

Date first listed: 08-Aug-2018

Statutory Address: The churchyard, Holy Trinity Church, Mill Road, Ingham, Norfolk, NR12 9AB


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Statutory Address: The churchyard, Holy Trinity Church, Mill Road, Ingham, Norfolk, NR12 9AB

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

County: Norfolk

District: North Norfolk (District Authority)

Parish: Ingham

National Grid Reference: TG3908226012


First World War memorial cross with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Ingham War Memorial Cross, 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 tall and elegant war memorial cross.

Group value:

* with the Church of Holy Trinity (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 Ingham as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by six members of the local community who died in the First World War. Following the Second World War the name of one man who died in that conflict was added to the memorial.


The stone war memorial stands in the churchyard of the Church of Holy Trinity (Grade I-listed), to the south side of the church tower. It comprises a Maltese cross on the collar of a tall cross shaft, octagonal in section, which stands on a small pedestal, square on plan. The pedestal stands on a four-stepped, octagonal, base. The lowest step is concrete.

The principal dedicatory inscription to the front face of the pedestal reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ THE GIVER OF VICTORY/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF/ THE PARISH OF INGHAM/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR THIS COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919/ (6 NAMES)/ ALSO IN HONOUR OF ALL THOSE WHO/ SERVED IN THE FORCES BY LAND & SEA. The later Second World War dedication is inscribed on the foot of the pedestal, reading 1939 – 1945/ (NAME). The inscriptions are incised and painted.


Roll of Honour - Ingham, Norfolk, accessed 9 April 2018 from

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