Moulton War Memorial Cross

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1457168
Date first listed:
22-Aug-2018
Statutory Address:
c20m south of St Mary's Church, The churchyard, Reedham Road, Moulton, Norfolk, NR13 3NW

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Location

Statutory Address:
c20m south of St Mary's Church, The churchyard, Reedham Road, Moulton, Norfolk, NR13 3NW

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

County:
Norfolk
District:
Broadland (District Authority)
Parish:
Beighton
National Grid Reference:
TG4024006645

Summary

First World War memorial cross, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Moulton War Memorial Cross, which stands in the 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 the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* a wheel-head cross memorial decorated with carved interlace patterns, in the Celtic style.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Mary, Moulton (Grade I-listed).

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

Details

The war memorial stands outside the Church of St Mary, Moulton (Grade I-listed), just inside the gate at the south-west corner of the churchyard. It comprises a stone wheel-head cross with interlace decoration carved in low relief to the cross-head, standing on a two-stage plinth, square on plan, with a moulded base. The plinth’s upper stage has a moulded panel to the front. The base stands on a two-stepped octagonal base. The plinth bears the inscriptions in incised lettering.

The principal dedicatory inscription, beginning on the upper stage of the plinth and continuing on the lower stage, reads TO/ THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN/ GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF/ THE MEN OF MOULTON ST MARY/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ (NAMES)/ "THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE". The later Second World War dedication reads ALSO IN MEMORY OF/ (2 NAMES)/ WHO FELL IN THE 1939 – 1945 WAR.

Sources

Websites
Roll of Honour - Norfolk, Moulton, accessed 14 May 2018 from http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/MoultonStMary.html
War Memorials Online, accessed 14 May 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/182404/
War Memorials Register, accessed 14 May 2018 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/70265

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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