Hessett War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
St Ethelbert's Churchyard, The Street, Hessett, Suffolk, IP30 9AX


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Statutory Address:
St Ethelbert's Churchyard, The Street, Hessett, Suffolk, IP30 9AX

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

Mid Suffolk (District Authority)
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Cross war memorial, 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Hessett War Memorial, 1920, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as 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:

* a well-executed example of a cross memorial which survives well.

Group value:

* aligned with the tower of the Grade I-listed Church of St Ethelbert, and part of an ensemble of listed churchyard structures.


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 the official policy of not repatriating the dead: memorials, therefore, provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Hessett 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 carved by AH Hanchet and Son, stonemasons, of Bury St Edmunds. It was unveiled on 3 October 1920 by General AL Schreiber and was restored and rededicated in November 2015.


Cross war memorial, 1920.

MATERIALS: constructed from Portland stone.

PLAN: the memorial stands in St Ethelbert’s churchyard, approximately 10m west of the tower, in line with the axis of the church.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a cross with a tapering shaft on a rectangular plinth and a single-stepped base. The cross has a central circular boss containing a relief-moulded laurel wreath enclosing the monogram IHS.

The main inscription is on the west face of the shaft, in incised and painted lettering. It reads: RIP / 1914 / (NAME) / 1915 / (NAMES) / 1916 / (NAMES) /1917 / (NAMES) /1918 (NAMES), and on the plinth: IN PROUD AND AFFECTIONATE / REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN / OF HESSETT / WHO DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY / IN THE GREAT WAR.


'Hessett War Memorial - WWI', War Memorials Register, Imperial War Museums, accessed 20 May 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/4775
‘Hessett’s Memorial Cross Unveiled’, Bury Free Press, 9 October 1920


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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