Seething War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1466443
Date first listed:
02-Oct-2019
Statutory Address:
Grove End, Junction of Seething Road and School Road, Seething, Norfolk, NR15 1DN

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Location

Statutory Address:
Grove End, Junction of Seething Road and School Road, Seething, Norfolk, NR15 1DN

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

County:
Norfolk
District:
South Norfolk (District Authority)
Parish:
Seething
National Grid Reference:
TM3195597765

Summary

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

Reasons for Designation

Seething 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 this community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest: * as a thoughtfully designed memorial in the form of a wheel-head cross.

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 Seething, although it is not known exactly when it was erected. It commemorates five local men who lost their lives during the First World War. A further three names of servicemen who had previously lived locally and died during the war have subsequently been added. Following the Second World War a dedicatory inscription and the names of the four men who died in this conflict were also added.

Details

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

DESCRIPTION The war memorial is situated on the green outside the churchyard of the Church of St Margaret. It comprises a slender, stone wheel-head cross on a collared, octagonal shaft, a rectangular plinth with cornice and moulded base and a deep rusticated square base. The inscription in painted black lettering on the front (south) face of the pedestal reads:

IN MEMORY OF/ THE SEETHING MEN/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ (NAMES)/ LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER THEM/ FORGET NOT THEIR NAMES.

The east face is inscribed:

IN MEMORY OF/ THE MUNDHAM & / SEETHING MEN/ WHO FELL IN THE/ SECOND WORLD/ WAR 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES)/ "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"

The north face is inscribed:

1914 -1918/ (NAMES)/ REMEMBER THEM.

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museums, Seething, WM Reference 20234, accessed 15 August 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/20234
Traces of War, War Memorial Mundham and Seething, accessed 15 August 2019 from https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/11722/War-Memorial-Mundham-and-Seething.htm
War Memorials Online, Seething, Reference WMO264262, accessed 15 August 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/264262/

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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