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War Memorial, King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Description: War Memorial

Grade: II
Date Listed: 7 December 2012
Building ID: 1411421

OS Grid Reference: TF4697613395
OS Grid Coordinates: 546976, 313395
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6983, 0.1736

Locality: King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Local Authority: King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
County: Norfolk
Postcode: PE14 7EY

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Listing Text


First World War memorial erected in the 1920s.

Reason for Listing

The war memorial in the cemetery in West Walton is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: it has special historic interest commemorating those members of the community who died in the First and Second World Wars;
* Architectural interest: it is a well-crafted monument in the form of a wheel cross on a tapering plinth carved out of white marble.


The war memorial was erected in the 1920s to the memory of the local men who died during the First World War. More names were added after the Second World War. The designer is unknown. In 2006 the memorial was cleaned and repaired.


First World War memorial erected in the 1920s.

MATERIALS: marble cross on a stone base.

PLAN: the memorial is located in the centre of the cemetery. It is square on plan.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial consists of a wheel cross on a high, tapering plinth, resting on a marble base, which in turn stands on a triple-stepped stone base with low corner posts. In the centre of the cross is carved ‘IHS’, and around the wheel is a Latin inscription ‘Pro deo et patria’. The horizontal arms of the cross bear the dates ‘1914’ and ‘1919’, and the bottom of the cross shaft is inscribed ‘To the dear memory of our fallen’. The names of the fallen are inscribed on the plinth, and on the marble base are the words ‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.’ On the side of the plinth the date ‘1939-1945’ has been added, along with the names of the fallen from the Second World War. All the inscriptions are in flush lead lettering.

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