Rollesby War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1456610

Date first listed: 29-May-2018

Statutory Address: Churchyard of the Church of St George, Fleggburgh Road, Rollesby, Norfolk, NR29 5HW

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: Churchyard of the Church of St George, Fleggburgh Road, Rollesby, Norfolk, NR29 5HW

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

County: Norfolk

District: Great Yarmouth (District Authority)

Parish: Rollesby

National Grid Reference: TG4462615794

Summary

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

Reasons for Designation

Rollesby War Memorial, which is situated in St George’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:

* an elegant and well-executed Portland stone cross.

Group value:

* with the Grade II*-listed Church of St George, the Grade II-listed Old Rectory and the Grade II-listed Old World Cottages.

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

Rollesby, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. The memorial commemorates 13 local servicemen who fell in the First World War and six men who fell in the Second World War.

The memorial was designed by Henry Walter Sarel of London, architect son of the late General Sarel of Rollesby Hall. Henry Walter Sarel trained as assistant to Frank Edward Whiting. It was unveiled by Mrs Brownsword, late of Rollesby Hall on 31 October 1920.

Details

First World War memorial, 1920.

MATERIALS: Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: Rollesby War Memorial is located in the churchyard of St George’s Church, Fleggburgh Road, Rollesby, Norfolk. It is prominently situated at the north-eastern corner of the churchyard, at the entrance to the churchyard from the junction of Fleggburgh Road and Heath Road. It comprises a tall 4.2m high Portland stone Latin cross with octagonal sides, atop an octagonal shaft with moulded collar and foot, standing on a four-sided plinth with similarly moulded foot, atop a five-tiered circular stepped base that is 2.7m in diameter at the bottom. The plinth bears the inscriptions in incised lettering.

The inscription reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ FROM ROLLESBY/ 1914 – 1918.

Sources

Websites
Dictionary of Scottish Architects , accessed 23 April 2018 from http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_list.php?alpha=s
War Memorial Register, accessed 2 April 2018 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/65092
Other
Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal, 13 November 1920, p.3.

End of official listing