Stiffkey War Memorial Cross


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
c20m west of the Village Hall, Church Street, Stiffkey, Norfolk, NR23 1QJ


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Statutory Address:
c20m west of the Village Hall, Church Street, Stiffkey, Norfolk, NR23 1QJ

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North Norfolk (District Authority)
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First World War memorial cross, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Stiffkey War Memorial Cross, 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 conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* a simple yet poignant wheel-head cross in granite.

Group value:

* with numerous Grade II-listed buildings on the south side of Church Street.


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 Stiffkey as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by ten members of the local community who died in the First World War. Following the Second World War the names of four men who died in that conflict were added to the memorial.


The grey granite war memorial is located on the north side of Church Street, to the west of the village hall (unlisted). It is prominently situated on the top of a bank within an enclosure, railed to the front and with a flint and brick wall to the rear. The enclosure is approached from the street by a rake of steps on the eastern side.

The memorial comprises a dressed (but not polished) wheel-head cross standing on a tapering plinth, with a single-stepped base on a concrete foundation. The plinth bears the inscriptions in applied metal lettering.

The principal dedicatory inscription reads IN HONOURED MEMORY/ OF THE STIFFKEY MEN/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ (10 NAMES)/ LEST WE FORGET. The later Second World War inscription to the front face of the base reads 1939 – 1945/ (4 NAMES).


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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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