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Reference WMO/121629


High Street

Swaffham Bulbeck


CB25 0HP


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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Wheel cross
  • Stone Granite
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The memorial is situated on Stocks Green, between the two branches of the High Street within Swaffham Bulbeck. It is a Celtic cross surmounting a rectangular plinth that tapers from the base; this rests on a three-stepped base. The cross, plinth and top step are of rough hewn Cornish granite, the lower steps are a lime concrete base with a cement render. The front faces of the plinth and granite step have been dressed and bear inscriptions for World Wars One and Two. Built by Messrs. Goddard of Bury St Edmunds and H. & F. Stevens of Swaffham Bulbeck, the memorial was unveiled on 16th January 1921, with the dedication by Frederic Henry Chase, Bishop of Ely. Costs were met through public subscription. In 2010, a grant of £935 was offered through the Small Grants Scheme towards repair and cleaning works. The render of the concrete steps was extensively damaged with cracks and sections which were missing. This was removed and the steps were reformed with waterproof render and finished with waterproof cement and sealant. The granite surfaces were cleaned with low pressure water and non-metallic brushes and all joints re-pointed with lime mortar mix. Damaged letters were replaced and all lettering re-painted in black enamel.
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The front of the plinth is dressed smooth and carries the inscription IN HONOURED MEMORY OF // PARISHIONERS WHO FELL IN THE // GREAT WAR 1914-1918/ (15 names)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. Beneath this the granite base has been chamfered to accommodate the dates 1939-1945 and three additional names of the men who died in the Second World War.


Grade II (England)


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