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Kettlestone War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Kettlestone, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8468 / 52°50'48"N

Longitude: 0.9204 / 0°55'13"E

OS Eastings: 596763

OS Northings: 331698

OS Grid: TF967316

Mapcode National: GBR S8K.KJ2

Mapcode Global: WHLR5.3PKX

Entry Name: Kettlestone War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 November 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1451112

Location: Kettlestone, North Norfolk, Norfolk, NR21

County: Norfolk

District: North Norfolk

Civil Parish: Kettlestone

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Summary

First World War memorial.

Description

First World War memorial.

DESCRIPTION: Kettlestone War Memorial is located in the churchyard to the south-west corner of the Grade II*-listed Church of All Saints, adjacent to the entrance porch.

It takes the form of a tall, limestone, Latin cross fleurée rising from a four-sided, tapering plinth. The plinth has a cap which is gabled to each side with a cornice beneath and stands on a moulded foot. The whole surmounts a three-stepped base.

The inscription is to the south face of the plinth and reads: FOR/ GOD AND KING/ AND COUNTRY/ TO THE IMMORTAL/ MEMORY OF THE/ MEN OF/ KETTLESTONE/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR. The eight names of those who died (including their date of death) are recorded on the east and west faces of the plinth. All lettering is incised.

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 Kettlestone as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Like many Norfolk war memorials, the example in Kettlestone, is situated within the churchyard. The memorial was presumably erected not long after the end of the First World War and commemorates the eight local servicemen who died in that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Kettlestone War Memorial, which is situated in All Saints’ churchyard, 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 First World War.

Architectural interest:

* an elegant Latin cross fleurée memorial.

Group Value:

* with the Grade II*-listed Church of All Saints.

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