Blundeston War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1458624
Date first listed:
12-Sep-2018
Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Church Road, Blundeston, Suffolk, NR32 5AJ

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Location

Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Church Road, Blundeston, Suffolk, NR32 5AJ

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

County:
Suffolk
District:
Waveney (District Authority)
Parish:
Blundeston
National Grid Reference:
TM5140097261

Summary

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

Reasons for Designation

Blundeston War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, 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 elegant and striking Latin cross.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Mary the Virgin (Grade I).

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 Blundeston as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 30 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was unveiled in 1921.

The names of the six parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Details

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

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in a prominent position at the eastern end of the churchyard, close to the Church of St Mary the Virgin (Grade I).

The memorial is 5m high and comprises a plain stone Latin cross set atop a tall and gently tapering octagonal shaft. This stands on a substantial square plinth with chamfered corners, mounted on a substantial three-stepped square stone base.

A bronze plaque affixed to the southern face of the plinth reads: IN PROUD AND GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF THE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919/ THESE NOBLY PLAYED THEIR PARTS/ THESE HEARD THE CALL/ FOR GOD AND KING AND HOME/ THEY GAVE THEIR ALL.

On the north face a bronze plaque reads: THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE/ (30 NAMES IN 2 COLUMNS).

On the west face a later plaque reads: 1939 – 1945/ (SIX NAMES IN TWO COLUMNS) .

Sources

Websites
War Memorial Register, accessed 25 August 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/8954

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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