Melton War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1468103
Date first listed:
30-Jan-2020
Location Description:
Church yard of the Church of St Andrew, Station Road, Melton, Suffolk, IP12 1PX

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Location

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Location Description:
Church yard of the Church of St Andrew, Station Road, Melton, Suffolk, IP12 1PX
County:
Suffolk
District:
East Suffolk (District Authority)
Parish:
Melton
National Grid Reference:
TM2838950598

Summary

War memorial, erected in 1920.

Reasons for Designation

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

Architectural interest:

* as a well-realised and accomplished design in the form of a Celtic wheel-cross.

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the First World War.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Andrew (Grade II), the lamp standard by the churchyard gate (Grade II) and the churchyard wall, gate piers and gates (Grade II), as well as several other listed buildings.

History

The great age of memorial building was in the aftermath of the First World War 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 which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

Melton War Memorial stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Andrew and commemorates 44 parishioners who died during the First World War. It was sculpted by Alexander MacDonald & Co Ltd and unveiled on 1 February 1920 by Major JEE Bowring.

Details

War memorial, erected in 1920.

MATERIALS: roughly-hewn granite, with inscriptions in lead lettering.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a Celtic wheel-cross decorated with raised roundels to the arms and centre, and stands on a tapered square plinth with a moulded top. The whole stands on a square base. There are recessed inscription panels to each side of the plinth. The main inscription to the front (south) face of the plinth reads:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND / TO THE UNDYING MEMORY / OF / THE MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / FOR/ KING AND COUNTRY / IN / 1914 - THE GREAT WAR – 1919 / "LEST WE FORGET"

The names of the 44 men who died are listed on the other three faces of the plinth.

Sources

Websites
War Memorials Register - Melton War Memorial, accessed 20 November 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/5380
Other
East Suffolk Council, 'Melton Conservation Area: Supplementary Document' (October 2018)', p7, Melton Conservation Area Appraisal (June 2010)

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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