Sternfield War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Church Hill, Sternfield, Suffolk, IP17 1RS


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Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Church Hill, Sternfield, Suffolk, IP17 1RS

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

Suffolk Coastal (District Authority)
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First World War memorial, with later additions.

Reasons for Designation

Sternfield War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary Magdalene, 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 a simple yet evocative example of a monolithic war memorial.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Mary Magdalene (Grade II*).


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

The name of one parishioner who died during the conflict in Northern Ireland was subsequently added to the memorial.


First World War memorial, with later additions.

MATERIALS: granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in the churchyard, to the south of the Church of St Mary Magdalene (Grade II*). The memorial comprises a rough-hewn granite monolith on a three-stepped base with a smooth surface to the front for the inscription.

The main inscription in leaded lettering reads TO THE GLORIOUS DEAD/ AND IN/ GALLANT MEMORY/ OF/ (4 NAMES)/ 1914 TO 1918.

A further inscription on a small rectangular granite plaque at the foot of the monolith reads (NAME)/ N. IRELAND 1978.


War Memorial Register, accessed 15 June 2017 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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