Kirstead War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
Church of St Margaret, Church Road, Kirstead, Norfolk, NR15 1ER


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Statutory Address:
Church of St Margaret, Church Road, Kirstead, Norfolk, NR15 1ER

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

South Norfolk (District Authority)
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First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Kirstead Green War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* it is 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:

* it is a well-detailed war memorial in the form of a stone cross on a buttressed plinth.

Group value:

* it has group value with the Church of St Margaret (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. One such memorial was raised at Kirstead after 1920 as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 17 local servicemen who fell in the First World War. The memorial was later altered to recognise the serviceman of this parish who fell in the Second World War.


First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.

MATERIALS: constructed of stone.

DESCRIPTION: comprising a small Latin cross on a block that bears a relief-carved shield. The block stands on a square plinth with rounded corners. The plinth has buttresses to each side with moulded caps and dressed quoins. The plinth bears the inscriptions in incised lettering that reads: (front) IN HONOURED MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ & SOME NEIGHBOURS WHO/ GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ MAY THEY REST IN PEACE/ 1939 – 1945/ (NAME)// (reverse) (NAMES).


UK National Inventory of War Memorials - Kirstead, accessed 21/08/2019 from
War Memorials Online - Kirstead Cross, accessed 21/08/2019 from


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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