Wetheringsett War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1458931

Date first listed: 18-Sep-2018

Statutory Address: Junction of Hockey Hill and Station Road, Wetheringsett cum Brockford, Suffolk, IP14 5NN

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: Junction of Hockey Hill and Station Road, Wetheringsett cum Brockford, Suffolk, IP14 5NN

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

County: Suffolk

District: Mid Suffolk (District Authority)

Parish: Wetheringsett-cum-Brockford

National Grid Reference: TM1269365950

Summary

First World War memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Wetheringsett War Memorial, which stands at the junction of Hockey Hill and Station Road, 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 well-executed Cornish granite pillar with carved decorative details.

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 Wetheringsett cum Brockford as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was erected by Messrs Frewer and Moss. The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 24 July 1921 by Colonel Chevallier of Aspall and dedicated by the rector, Reverend F R Smith.

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

Details

First World War memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.

MATERIALS: Cornish granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in a prominent location at the centre of the village, at the junction of Hockey Hill and Station Road.

The memorial comprises a substantial square granite pillar with a two-tiered pedestal on a two-stepped base. At the apex of the pillar is an elaborately carved cap stone with a relief-carved laurel wreath on its east face. The memorial stands approximately 3m high.

The main inscription on the east face reads: SACRED TO THE MEMORY/ OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914–1918/ (21 NAMES)/ “THEY WERE A WALL UNTO US BOTH/ BY NIGHT AND DAY” (1 SAMUEL 25.16)/ 1939–1946/ (6 NAMES)/ THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED/ IN APPRECIATION BY PARISHIONERS/ WHO MOURN THEIR LOSS.

Sources

Websites
War Memorial Register, accessed 2 August 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/4888
War Memorials Online, accessed 2 August 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/251715/
Other
Wetheringsett War Memorial, Diss Express, Friday 29 July 1921

End of official listing