Weston Longville War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1456237

Date first listed: 24-Jul-2018

Statutory Address: c40m west of All Saints' Church, Church Street, Weston Longville, Norfolk, NR9 5JU

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Location

Statutory Address: c40m west of All Saints' Church, Church Street, Weston Longville, Norfolk, NR9 5JU

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

County: Norfolk

District: Broadland (District Authority)

Parish: Weston Longville

National Grid Reference: TG1129015846

Summary

First World War memorial cross.

Reasons for Designation

Weston Longville War Memorial, which stands on Church Street, 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:

* an elegant 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 All Saints including boundary wall to churchyard (Grade I) and the Former Spread Eagle Public House and Church Farm House (both Grade II).

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 Weston Longville as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 10 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Conservation works were completed in 2014, in time for the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It was at this time that the grassed square surrounding the memorial was kerbed and surfaced with gravel.

Details

The stone war memorial is located outside Church Farm House (Grade II-listed), c40m to the west of the Church of All Saints (Grade I). Approximately 3.3m tall, it comprises a cross on a slender, tapering octagonal shaft with moulded collar and foot, standing on a small pedestal. The pedestal, square on plan, stand on a three-stepped base. The cross-head, rising from the simply moulded collar, is in the form of an equal-armed cross pommé with cusps at the intersections of the arms.

The pedestal bears the inscriptions. The principal dedicatory inscription to the front face reads TO HONOUR THE MEMORY/ OF THE/ MEN OF WESTON/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ LEST WE FORGET. The commemorated names, including date of death and regiment, corps, or service of the deceased servicemen, are listed on the other faces.



This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 31/07/2018

Sources

Websites
War Memorials Online, accessed 10 April 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/174502
War Memorials Register, accessed 10 April 2018 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/19865
Weston Longville Parish Council meeting minutes, 8 September 2014, accessed 10 April 2018 from http://weston-longville.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/files/2014/12/210908-MINUTES.pdf

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