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War memorial

War memorial

Churchyard War memorial
Erected around 1920, from donations by parishioners, and dedicated to the fallen of the First and Second World Wars, 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: as a modest but well-executed memorial.

Group value: with the Church of St Mary the Virgin (listed at Grade I).
(Historic England)

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. One such memorial was raised at Northrepps 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 war memorial at Northrepps was erected around 1920, commemorating 23 local men who fell during the First World War. Following the Second World War, the names of seven local men were added to the memorial.

First War War memorial, erected around 1920, with later additions.
Details
The war memorial is square in plan, and takes the form of a grey granite wheel cross on an elongated tapered plinth and single-stepped base. The polished-granite plinth bears the following inscription on its front (east) elevation: ‘THIS CROSS IS ERECTED / IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE / OF THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / FOR THEIR COUNTRY / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1919 / THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE / ECCLUS XLIV 14’. The 23 names of the fallen are inscribed on the north and south elevations of the plinth (12 and 11 names respectively). Seven names of the fallen of the Second World War were later added to the west elevation of the plinth. The memorial is bounded by kerbstones, having eight cast-iron posts linked by metal chains. The memorial stands in a prominent location in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary the Virgin (listed at Grade I), approximately 8m north-east of the north door of the church.

(Historic England)

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