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Brancaster War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Brancaster, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.963 / 52°57'46"N

Longitude: 0.6371 / 0°38'13"E

OS Eastings: 577214

OS Northings: 343879

OS Grid: TF772438

Mapcode National: GBR Q45.CVK

Mapcode Global: WHKP9.RSLC

Entry Name: Brancaster War Memorial

Listing Date: 12 February 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1424149

Location: Brancaster, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE31

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: Brancaster

Built-Up Area: Brancaster

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Brancaster St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Summary

War memorial, erected c.1920, with later additions.

Description

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.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 23 January 2017.

History

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.

Reasons 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.

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