Kenny Hill and Burnt Fen War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1464733
Date first listed:
05-Jul-2019
Statutory Address:
Kenny Hill, Mildenhall Drove, Suffolk, IP28 8DT

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Location

Statutory Address:
Kenny Hill, Mildenhall Drove, Suffolk, IP28 8DT

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

County:
Suffolk
District:
Forest Heath (District Authority)
Parish:
Beck Row, Holywell Row and Kenny Hill
National Grid Reference:
TL6685679727

Summary

A First World War memorial, built 1919.

Reasons for Designation

Kenny Hill and Burnt Fen War Memorial of 1919 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 First World War;

Architectural interest: *for its design of an urn on a square marble pillar.

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 750,000 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 Kenny Hill as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 17 parishioners of Kenny Hill and Burnt Fen who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial was made by Mr HG Neville of Mildenhall. It was unveiled on Thursday 14 August 1919 by Private J Greenacre. The total cost of the memorial and a brass memorial tablet erected in the church was £140.

Details

A First World War memorial, built 1919.

MATERIALS Sicilian marble.

DESCRIPTION The memorial stands in a roadside location in front of the Church of St James. The memorial takes the form of an urn on a square pillar with a three-stepped base. The main inscription in incised lettering on the east face of the pillar reads: THIS MEMORIAL / WAS ERECTED IN / GRATEFUL MEMORY / OF THE MEN OF / KENNY HILL AND / BURNT FEN / WHO GAVE THEIR / LIVES FOR KING / AND COUNTRY / IN DEFENCE OF / LIBERTY AND / JUSTICE / IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1914-1918. The names of 17 parishioners who died during the First World War are inscribed on the north and south faces of the pillar.

Sources

Websites
War Memorials Online: Kenny Hill with Burnt Fen War Memorial , accessed 24/05/2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/255673/
Other
‘War Memorial at Kenny Hill: The Gallant Seventeen’, The Bury Free Press, Saturday, 23 August 1919, p.3.
‘War Memorial at Kenny Hill’, The Bury Free Press, Saturday 30 August 1919.

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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