Levington War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1464544
Date first listed:
05-Jul-2019
Statutory Address:
St Peter's Churchyard, Church Lane, Levington, Suffolk, IP10 0LQ

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Location

Statutory Address:
St Peter's Churchyard, Church Lane, Levington, Suffolk, IP10 0LQ

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

County:
Suffolk
District:
Suffolk Coastal (District Authority)
Parish:
Levington
National Grid Reference:
TM2343439018

Summary

A war memorial cross of 1920 by E E Saunders of Ipswich.

Reasons for Designation

Levington War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* it is 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:

* it is a well-detailed war memorial in the form of a Latin cross.

Group value:

* it has group value with the Church of St Peter (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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 Levington 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 constructed by Mr E E Saunders of Ipswich and was unveiled on 25 September 1920. The memorial was later altered to commemorate the fallen of the Second World War, and stands by the Church of St Peter (listed at Grade I).

Details

A war memorial of 1920 date by E E Saunders of Ipswich.

MATERIALS: constructed of Clipsham stone.

DESCRIPTION: comprising a Latin cross on a tapering chamfered shaft above a three-stepped square plinth. The plinth is inscribed: TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF/ OUR MEN WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ (NAMES)/ LEST WE FORGET. The plinth is set within a stepped base which has an inserted stone plaque to the centre of the top step inscribed: 1939-1945/ (NAMES).

Sources

Websites
UK National Inventory of War Memorials - Levington, accessed 20/05/2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/5339
War Memorials Online - Levington, accessed 20/05/2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/5339

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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