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Rougham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Rushbrooke with Rougham, Suffolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.2288 / 52°13'43"N

Longitude: 0.7979 / 0°47'52"E

OS Eastings: 591178

OS Northings: 262647

OS Grid: TL911626

Mapcode National: GBR RGM.BJP

Mapcode Global: VHKDC.S75Q

Entry Name: Rougham War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 June 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1435251

Location: Rushbrooke with Rougham, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP30

County: Suffolk

District: St. Edmundsbury

Civil Parish: Rushbrooke with Rougham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Rougham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Summary

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

Description

Rougham War Memorial is located in the northern part of the churchyard of the Church of St Mary (Grade I-listed). The memorial consists of a two-stepped base surmounted by a plinth from which rises a tall wheel-head cross. A small stone flower vase is let into the lower step of the base on the south side. The memorial stands on a square, paved, apron and is surrounded by oak posts linked with chains.

The inscriptions are incised in the stone and painted. The First World War dedication is located on the north face of the plinth and reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF ROUGHAM/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919/ (27 NAMES). The Second World War dedication is located on the south face of the plinth and reads 1939 – 1945/ (5 NAMES).

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 13 January 2017.

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. One such memorial was raised at Rougham as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.  It commemorates 27 local servicemen who died during the First World War and was dedicated on 5 June 1921 by Major E E Pearson. The memorial cost £138 17s.

Following the Second World War a dedication was added to commemorate the five fallen of that conflict. In 2014 a project was undertaken to conserve the memorial with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust: this included the renewal of the old oak posts with new timber and the replacement of the original concrete apron with new concrete paving slabs.

Reasons for Listing

Rougham War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet dignified Celtic cross;
* Group value: with the Church of St Mary (Grade I-listed).

Other nearby listed buildings

  • I Church of St Mary
    Rushbrooke with Rougham, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP30
  • II Moat Farmhouse
    Rushbrooke with Rougham, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP30
  • II The Cottage
    Rushbrooke with Rougham, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP30
  • II Oak Farmhouse
    Rushbrooke with Rougham, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP30
  • II Oak Farm Cottage
    Rushbrooke with Rougham, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP30
  • II The Chantry
    Rushbrooke with Rougham, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP30
  • II Smithy Cottage
    Rushbrooke with Rougham, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP30
  • II Blackthorpe Farmhouse
    Rushbrooke with Rougham, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP30

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