Swilland War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Swilland War Memorial, St Mary's Churchyard, Church Lane, Swilland, Suffolk, IP6 9NJ


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Statutory Address:
Swilland War Memorial, St Mary's Churchyard, Church Lane, Swilland, Suffolk, IP6 9NJ

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

East Suffolk (District Authority)
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A First World War memorial dating to around 1920.

Reasons for Designation

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

Architectural interest:

*     as a good example of a stone Latin cross with relief-carved decoration.

Historic interest:

*     as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Group value:

* with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Mary.


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. One such memorial was raised at Swilland as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the six members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial is prominently located east of the Grade II*-listed Church of St Mary, just north of the path through the main gate on Church Lane. A stone plaque commemorating the two parishioners who fell in service during the Second World War is mounted on the northern gatepost. The memorial was built at a cost of £41 10s and was unveiled on Sunday 25 September 1921. The design is a slightly simplified version of the 1918 Imperial (later Commonwealth) War Graves Commission’s Cross of Sacrifice.


A First World War memorial dating to around 1920.

MATERIALS: the memorial is constructed of limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is a 3m tall elongated Latin cross on a tapered four-sided plinth. It stands on a square base. On the east face of the cross is a relief-carved sword. An inscription on the east side of the plinth reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE/ 1914 GREAT WAR 1918/ (6 NAMES)/ GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS


Imperial War Museums War Memorials Register online, accessed 7 April 2020 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/5568
Roll of Honour website, accessed 7 April 2020 from http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Suffolk/Swilland.html
War Memorials Online website, accessed 7 April 2020 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/151497/


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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