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East Carleton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in East Carleton, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5715 / 52°34'17"N

Longitude: 1.2237 / 1°13'25"E

OS Eastings: 618549

OS Northings: 301962

OS Grid: TG185019

Mapcode National: GBR VGX.Q6J

Mapcode Global: WHLSN.RMWG

Entry Name: East Carleton War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 November 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1447686

Location: East Carleton, South Norfolk, Norfolk, NR14

County: Norfolk

District: South Norfolk

Civil Parish: East Carleton

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Summary

First World War memorial, unveiled 22 August 1920.

Description

First World War memorial, 1920

DESCRIPTION: East Carleton War Memorial is located on the roadside at the junction between Intwood Lane and Catbridge Lane.

It takes the form of a Blomfield Cross of Sacrifice; an octagonal stone Latin cross with an inverted sword carved in relief to the face. The shaft has a moulded foot and rises from a two-tiered octagonal plinth on a single-stepped base.

The inscription is to the front face of the plinth and reads ERECTED BY THE/ PARISHIONERS OF/ EAST CARLETON/ IN THANKFULNESS/ FOR THEIR DELIVERANCE/ AND IN MEMORY OF/ ALL WHO SERVED AND/ OF THOSE WHO DIED/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918.

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. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at East Carleton as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Proposals to erect a war memorial for the parish of East Carleton began in 1919; money was raised via public subscription, with just over £197 raised for the erection of a memorial cross and a tablet (recording the names of the local servicemen who died), which was to be placed within the parish church. The memorial cross was unveiled on 22 August 1920 by Colonel McNeill and dedicated by the Reverend C P B Ramsay. It was sculpted by Messrs G Maile and Son, sculptors and church furnishers who were responsible for building many war memorials across the country, a number of which are listed.

Reasons for Listing

East Carleton War Memorial, which is situated by the roadside at the junction between Intwood Lane and Catbridge Lane, 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 during the First World War.

Architectural interest:

* as a well-executed example of Blomfield’s Cross of Sacrifice design.

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