Falkenham War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1468501
Date first listed:
19-Feb-2020
Statutory Address:
Church of St Ethelbert, Lower Falkenham Road, Falkenham, Suffolk, IP10 0QY

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Location

Statutory Address:
Church of St Ethelbert, Lower Falkenham Road, Falkenham, Suffolk, IP10 0QY

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

County:
Suffolk
District:
East Suffolk (District Authority)
Parish:
Falkenham
National Grid Reference:
TM2931139034

Summary

First World War memorial, 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Falkenham 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 First World War.

Architectural interest:

* as a restrained, well-executed war memorial cross which survives unaltered.

Group value:

* with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Ethelbert and Falkenham Hall, listed at Grade II.

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 the official policy of not repatriating the dead: memorials, therefore, provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised in St Ethelbert’s churchyard as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 24 October 1920 by Major General Sir Arthur Money.

Cleaned in 2018 and fully legible.

Details

First World War memorial, 1920. MATERIALS: constructed from Portland stone.

PLAN: located in St Ethelbert’s churchyard, approximately 6m west of the chancel.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is 2.7 tall. At the head is a Canterbury cross with laurel wreath moulding, with a tapering rectangular shaft, a tapering square plinth and a single-stepped base.

The main inscription in incised lettering on the east face of the plinth reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF FALKENHAM / WHO DIED FOR / KING AND COUNTRY / 1914 – 1918. The names of the 12 fallen soldiers are inscribed on the other three sides of the plinth.

Sources

Websites
War Memorials Register, Imperial War Museums, Falkenham WWI (ref 5307), accessed 19 December 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/5307

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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