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Little Barningham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Little Barningham, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8546 / 52°51'16"N

Longitude: 1.1792 / 1°10'45"E

OS Eastings: 614149

OS Northings: 333307

OS Grid: TG141333

Mapcode National: GBR VCK.4XN

Mapcode Global: WHLR9.2HTX

Entry Name: Little Barningham War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 November 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1451318

Location: Little Barningham, North Norfolk, Norfolk, NR11

County: Norfolk

District: North Norfolk

Civil Parish: Little Barningham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Summary

First World War memorial with Second World War additions.

Description

First World War memorial with Second World War additions.

DESCRIPTION: Little Barningham war memorial is located in the churchyard to the south-west of the Grade II*-listed Church of St Andrew.

It is of limestone and takes the form of a chamfered, wheel-head cross with splayed foot on a narrow, rectangular plinth surmounting a chamfered, block base. The west face of the cross-head has a circular emboss to the centre, while the shaft and plinth carry the inscriptions and names in incised lettering, painted black.

The principal inscription and names are to the cross shaft, which reads: ERECTED/ TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND THE/ SACRED MEMORY/ OF/ EIGHT PARISHIONERS/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES/ WHILE SERVING THEIR/ KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918./ (11 NAMES). Directly below are the dates 1939 – 45, which are incised into the upper surface of the plinth. A second inscription is to the plinth face, THE GOLDEN EVENING BRIGHTENS IN THE WEST/ SOON SOON TO FAITHFUL WARRIORS COMES THEIR REST/ SWEET IS THE CALM OF PARADISE THE BLEST./ ALLELUIA.

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 Little Barningham 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, this example at Little Barningham is situated within the churchyard. The memorial was presumably erected not long after the end of the First World War and commemorates eight local servicemen who died in the conflict.

Following the Second World War, the names of three servicemen who died in that conflict were added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Little Barningham War Memorial, which is situated in St Andrew’s 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 conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* a well-executed wheel-head cross memorial.

Group value:

* with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Andrew.

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