Weston War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Peter, Church Lane, Weston, Suffolk, NR34 8TU


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Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Peter, Church Lane, Weston, Suffolk, NR34 8TU

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

Waveney (District Authority)
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First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Weston War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Peter, 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 granite wheel-head cross.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Peter (Grade I).


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 Weston 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 memorial was unveiled in 1920.

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


First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

MATERIALS: grey granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in the churchyard, close to the Church of St Peter (Grade I).

The memorial comprises a rough-hewn wheel-head cross with a tapering plinth and single-stepped base. The memorial is carved from light grey granite and at its foot on its east face is an attached rectangular plaque.

The main inscription in leaded lettering reads: IN MEMORY OF THE WESTON MEN/ WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919. The names of the 14 men who fell are on the three other faces of the plinth.

An attached rectangular plaque at the foot of the east face of the memorial bears the names of four men who died in the Second World War.


War Memorial Register, accessed 1 August 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/5036
War Memorials Online, accessed 1 August 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/230641/


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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