Saxtead War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1469904
Date first listed:
22-May-2020
Statutory Address:
All Saint's Churchyard, Several Road, Saxtead, Suffolk, IP13 9QP

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Location

Statutory Address:
All Saint's Churchyard, Several Road, Saxtead, Suffolk, IP13 9QP

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

County:
Suffolk
District:
Suffolk Coastal (District Authority)
Parish:
Saxtead
National Grid Reference:
TM2624465722

Summary

First World War memorial, unveiled in 1920, with names added after the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Saxstead 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.

Group value:

* it has group value with the Grade I listed All Saints Church.

History

The aftermath of the First World War that was the great age of memorial building, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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.

One such memorial was raised at Saxtead 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 4 July 1920 and dedicated by the Canon R Abbay. The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Details

First World War memorial, unveiled in 1920, with names added after the Second World War.

MATERIALS: rough-hewn granite.

PLAN: the memorial stands in All Saints churchyard to the south of the Grade I listed church.

EXTERIOR: it is in the form of a short cross surmounting a trapezoidal plinth set on a rectangular stone base. The main inscription is on the front face of the plinth and reads: IN MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914–1918/ (8 NAMES IN TWO COLUMNS)/ ––/ 1939–1945/ (3 NAMES IN TWO COLUMNS)/ “FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH”/.

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register , accessed 20 June 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/5560
Other
Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury, 9 July 1920

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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