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Sheringham and Beeston War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Sheringham, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.9443 / 52°56'39"N

Longitude: 1.2068 / 1°12'24"E

OS Eastings: 615560

OS Northings: 343355

OS Grid: TG155433

Mapcode National: GBR VBF.KWK

Mapcode Global: WHLQX.H8X6

Entry Name: Sheringham and Beeston War Memorial

Listing Date: 28 April 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1426104

Location: Sheringham, North Norfolk, Norfolk, NR26

County: Norfolk

District: North Norfolk

Civil Parish: Sheringham

Built-Up Area: Sheringham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Sheringham St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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War memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.


The war memorial stands on The Boulevard, on the south-east side of a small garden. Raised on a two-step hexagonal base and standing 9m high, the memorial is in the form of an Eleanor Cross, made of Clipsham Stone. The lower step is surrounded by a low, decorative, railing.

Tapering to a circular stone roof, surmounted by a small Greek cross on an orb, the memorial’s central column rises through two tiers of Gothic design. The lower tier is decorated with a band of trefoils set under six Gothic pediments. The upper tier is plainer, consisting of a blind arcade of cusped lancets.

The inscriptions are carved on the sides of the lower tier. The principal inscription runs in two lines around the memorial:



The names are commemorated in dated year-groups on each side. The inscription for the Second World War reads AND OF THOSE WHO/ GAVE THEIR LIVES IN/ THE WORLD WAR/ 1939 – 1945.

Around the base is carved THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.

The planters and garden seat which surround the memorial are not included in the listing.

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.


Unveiled in January 1921, the war memorial is dedicated to those from Sheringham and Beeston Regis who died in service during both the First and Second World Wars. It was designed by HH Palmer, an architect responsible for many memorials across Norfolk including the Grade II-listed memorials at Holt and Fakenham. It cost £541 1s 8d.

The memorial has been repaired twice. General repairs were undertaken and a new fence was added in 2000. In 2009, repair of the inscriptions was grant-funded through War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Sheringham and Beeston Regis War Memorial, which stands on The Boulevard in Sheringham, 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: as an elegant and well-proportioned interpretation of a Queen Eleanor cross, designed by a noted regional architect.

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