Stow Bedon War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1467149
Date first listed:
11-Nov-2019
Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Botolph, Gravel Pit Hill, Stow Bedon, Norfolk, NR17 1BX

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Location

Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Botolph, Gravel Pit Hill, Stow Bedon, Norfolk, NR17 1BX

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

County:
Norfolk
District:
Breckland (District Authority)
Parish:
Stow Bedon
National Grid Reference:
TL9612795572

Summary

A First World War memorial, erected in about 1920; a further name added after the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Stow Bedon 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 sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* for its design, a simple but well-executed cross.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Botolph (Grade II*), in whose churchyard it stands.

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. By May 1919, it was decided by the people of Stow Bedon that their memorial would take the form of a monument in the churchyard, at the Church of St Botolph, if funds could be raised. A committee was formed to begin collecting money, and the memorial erected in about 1920. The memorial commemorates ten local servicemen who fell in the First World War and another serviceman who died in the Second World War. The names of those who served and returned alive are also included.

Details

A First World War memorial, erected in about 1920; a further name added after the Second World War.

MATERIALS: stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a stone cross with carved cross fleury to the face, on a short shaft with moulded foot, atop a slightly tapering plinth on a three-tiered platform. The plinth bears the inscriptions in incised lettering. Very low metal bars tightly bound the foot of the memorial, protecting the platform.

The inscription is in incised lettering and reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN LOVING & GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ (NAMES)/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND/ COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919/ IN SACRED SLEEP THEY LIE/ SAY NOT THAT THE BRAVE DIE/ (NAME) 1939-1945// THE HONOURED RETURNED/ (NAMES)// THE HONOURED RETURNED/ (NAMES)

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register: Stow Bedon WWI and WWII, accessed 02.10.2019 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/53381
War Memorials Online: Stow Bedon, WMO146848, accessed 02.10.2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/146848/
Other
Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal - Saturday 17 May 1919, p.5.

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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