Holbrook War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
Roadside outside the Church of All Saints, Church Hill, Junction of Hyams Lane, Holbrook, Suffolk, IP9 2QP


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Statutory Address:
Roadside outside the Church of All Saints, Church Hill, Junction of Hyams Lane, Holbrook, Suffolk, IP9 2QP

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

Babergh (District Authority)
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First World War memorial, 1921, with Second World War additions.

Reasons for Designation

Holbrook War Memorial, 1921, with Second World War additions, 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:

* as a simple but impressive and well executed Celtic wheel-head cross.

Group value:

* with the Church of All Saints (listed Grade II*).


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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Holbrook in Suffolk as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 24 members of the local community who lost their lives in the conflict. It was unveiled on 20 November 1921 by Brigadier-General EH Rodwell.

Following the Second World War the names of 8 parishioners who fell during that conflict were added to the memorial.


First World War memorial, 1921, with Second World War additions.

MATERIAL: rough-hewn Cornish granite.

DESCRIPTION: Holbrook War Memorial stands on a prominent roadside on the east side of Church Hill, at the junction with Hyams Lane, immediately to the west of the Church of All Saints (listed Grade II*).

The memorial comprises a plain Celtic wheel-head cross atop a tall shaft that tapers in rectangular section from a trapezoidal plinth standing on a four-stepped base, the whole standing on a single-stepped concrete foundation stone.

The main dedicatory inscription is in leaded lettering on the polished west face of the plinth and reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF HOLBROOK / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914–1918 / [Names].

On the plinth's south face is the Second World War dedication which reads: 1939 - 1945 / [Names].


War Memorials Register, Holbrook War Memorial , accessed 11 June 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/4442
East Anglian Daily Times, 21 November 1921


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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