Thurton War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1466440
Date first listed:
02-Oct-2019
Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Ethelbert, Hall Road, Thurton, Norfolk, NR14 6AG

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Location

Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Ethelbert, Hall Road, Thurton, Norfolk, NR14 6AG

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

County:
Norfolk
District:
South Norfolk (District Authority)
Parish:
Thurton
National Grid Reference:
TG3283600637

Summary

First World War memorial, with later addition for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Thurton War Memorial 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 sacrifices it made in the First World War.

Architectural interest: * it is a well-detailed war memorial in the form of a wheel-head cross.

Group value: * it has group value with the Church of St Ethelbert (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. 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 Thurton, within the churchyard, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by three members of the local community who lost their lives during the First World War. It is not known exactly when the memorial was erected. Following the Second World War a dedicatory inscription and the names of the three parishioners who died in this conflict were added.

Details

First World War memorial, with later addition for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION The war memorial stands close to the entrance to the churchyard of the Church of St Ethelbert (Grade I). It comprises a stone wheel-head cross, with IHS carved at its centre and strapwork carvings to the cross and shaft, a shouldered and chamfered plinth and a single-stepped base. The front (south) face of the plinth is inscribed in painted lettering:

TO THE MEMORY OF/ (NAMES)/ OF THIS PARISH/ WHO DIED ON MILITARY SERVICE DURING/ THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919/ AND OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED/ 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES)/ FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH.

Sources

Websites
The war memorial and church at Thurton, accessed 14 August 2019 from https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4417955
Thurton War Memorial, accessed 14 August 2019 from http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/Thurton.html

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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