Snettisham War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1456813
Date first listed:
24-Jul-2018
Statutory Address:
Roadside Enclosure, Lynn Road, B1440 (near junction with Hall Road), Snettisham, Norfolk, PE31 7LP

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Location

Statutory Address:
Roadside Enclosure, Lynn Road, B1440 (near junction with Hall Road), Snettisham, Norfolk, PE31 7LP

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

County:
Norfolk
District:
King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District Authority)
Parish:
Snettisham
National Grid Reference:
TF6851934237

Summary

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

Reasons for Designation

Snettisham War Memorial, which is situated at the roadside along the Lynn Road (B1440) 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:

* as an unusual yet dignified Celtic cross.

Group value:

* with several Grade II-listed buildings on Hall Road, Lynn Road and School Road.

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

Snettisham War Memorial was presumably erected around 1920. It was placed prominently in the heart of the town, on the old high street. The memorial commemorates 44 local servicemen who fell in the First World War and 15 men who fell in the Second World War. It was paid for by public subscription.

A First World War name was added in 2014, the lower step of the base replaced and the enclosure repaved, following which the memorial was rededicated.

Details

First World War memorial, approximately 1920.

MATERIALS: Portland stone; Snettisham carrstone.

DESCRIPTION: Snettisham War Memorial is located at the roadside along the Lynn Road (B1440), where there is a triangular junction of Lynn Road, Hall Road and Old Church Road, Snettisham, Norfolk. It comprises a Portland stone Celtic wheel-head cross atop a wide, tapering shaft, beneath which is a tall plinth with deeply corniced upper section and moulded foot. Beneath this is a three-tiered base of carrstone blocks and brick. The whole is enclosed by metal railings. The plinth bears the inscriptions and names in incised lettering.

The inscription reads THIS/ MONUMENT WAS ERECTED/ BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTIONS/ IN MEMORY OF/ THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH/ WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WARS/ 1914 – 1918/ AND/ 1939 – 1945// (NAMES).

Sources

Websites
Roll of Honour, Snettisham War Memorial, accessed 2 April 2018 from http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Snettisham.html
War Memorial Register, accessed 2 April 2018 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/54585

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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