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Fakenham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Fakenham, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.83 / 52°49'47"N

Longitude: 0.8477 / 0°50'51"E

OS Eastings: 591942

OS Northings: 329628

OS Grid: TF919296

Mapcode National: GBR R7B.K4B

Mapcode Global: WHKQ5.Z4V9

Entry Name: Fakenham War Memorial

Listing Date: 12 February 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1424172

Location: Fakenham, North Norfolk, Norfolk, NR21

County: Norfolk

District: North Norfolk

Civil Parish: Fakenham

Built-Up Area: Fakenham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Fakenham St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Summary

First World War memorial, 1921 with later additions.

Description

The war memorial stands on the edge of the Market Place, in the pedestrianised Square. It comprises a stone cross on a tapering shaft, standing on an octagonal plinth. The plinth is raised on a four-stepped octagonal base. The memorial is surrounded by ornate railings. The inscriptions for both the First and Second World War are inscribed on the sides of the plinth and the steps, along with the names of the men who died. The inscriptions read:

IN/ GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ OUR GLORIOUS DEAD/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918 (96 NAMES)

IN/ GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ OUR GLORIOUS DEAD/ WHO FELL/ IN THE WAR/ 1939 – 1945 (24 NAMES)

Five additional names are inscribed, two from the Second World War, two from the Korean War and one from Iraq (1954).

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

Costing some £600, the war memorial was unveiled and dedicated on 2 August 1921. The architect was H H Palmer, a Norfolk architect who also designed the Holt War Memorial (Grade II) and it was made by local masons, E Rush and F Harrison. In 2013, five further names from later conflicts were added.

Reasons for Listing

Fakenham War Memorial, which is situated in the Market Place, 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;
* Design: an elegant and carefully detailed design;
* Setting: raised high on steps and plinth, the war memorial occupies a prominent position in the Market Place;
* Group value: several listed buildings stand around the Market Place and The Square where the war memorial stands.

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