War memorial, erected c.1920, with later additions.
Reason for Listing
Brancaster’s War Memorial, in the south-west corner of St Mary’s churchyard, is listed at Grade II for the following 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; * Design: a modest yet well executed memorial; * Group value: with the Grade I-listed church of St Mary.
The memorial was presumably erected c.1920, when the majority of the country’s war memorials were commissioned. The names of six further parishioners who died in the Second World War were added later. Unusually, an airman who died during the Berlin Airlift (1948-9) is also commemorated on the memorial.
The memorial stands on the north side of the main road through Brancaster, in the south-west corner of the churchyard of the Grade I-listed St Mary’s church. It takes the form of a roughly-dressed 3m tall granite Celtic cross, with a wheel-cross head set on a tapering shaft. An inverted sword in relief runs down the upper part of the memorial. The shaft is set on a tapering plinth, with a smooth-dressed front face which carries the inscription ERECTED TO THE MEMORY/ OF BRANCASTER MEN/ WHO FELL IN THE WAR/ 1914 – 1919 (31 NAMES)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. The plinth base has been adapted to allow a further inscription 1939-1945 (6 NAMES) and 1949/ BERLIN AIR LIFT (1 NAME). The churchyard wall has been replaced at its corner (to allow the memorial to be seen) by iron railings on a stone kerb which runs between two squat brick piers. This arrangement is contemporary with the memorial.
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