Stanhoe and Barwick War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
c20m north-west of Duck Cottage, The Green, Stanhoe, Norfolk, PE31 8QE


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Statutory Address:
c20m north-west of Duck Cottage, The Green, Stanhoe, Norfolk, PE31 8QE

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

King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District Authority)
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First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Stanhoe and Barwick War Memorial, which stands at The Green, 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 memorial, designed to reflect the significance of the global conflict by recording the names not only of those who died, but all from the two parishes who served.


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 Stanhoe as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 20 members of the parishes of Stanhoe and Barwick who died in the First World War. The memorial also records the names of 52 who served, but returned. Following the Second World War the names of three men who died in that conflict were added to the memorial.


Stanhoe and Barwick War Memorial is located at The Green, immediately north-east of the pond. It comprises a three-stage stone pillar, rectangular on plan, dying back from the lower to upper stage by small intervals. The upper stage is capped. The memorial is enclosed by four low, pyramidal, posts carrying pairs of horizontal metal rails.

The principal dedicatory inscription to the front face of the upper stage reads THIS MEMORIAL IS/ ERECTED IN HONOUR/ OF THE INHABITANTS/ OF STANHOE & BARWICK/ WHO SERVED IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914-1918. Below, on the middle stage, the inscription continues AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THESE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES THEREIN/ (20 NAMES)/ 1939 – 1945/ (3 NAMES). To either side, further lists of names are recorded below the inscription THOSE WHO SERVED.


Stanhoe Archive Photographs, accessed 2 May 2018 from
War Memorials Register, accessed 2 May 2018 from


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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