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Town or City: Norwich
County: Norfolk
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM36

Value of grant: £200.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: Small Grants Scheme
Year: 2000

UKNIWM reference number: 19791

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Cawston war memorial after work © WMT, 2002The war memorial in the central Norfolk village of Cawston is a Clipsham limestone wheel cross on a slim shaft on a plinth with a two-stepped base with brick panels. The cross is detailed and unusual with its arms ending in trefoil shapes, and there being a moulded section where the cross joins the shaft. Below this moulded section there is an intricate box shaped carving around the shaft. The memorial stands on a raised circular flowerbed in Cawston cemetery. There are inscriptions round the sides of the plinth and the top step.

In July 1999 the memorial was struck by lightning and the entire top section of the shaft and the cross were destroyed.

In August 2000 War Memorials Trust gave £200 to work to repair the memorial.

The memorial was rededicated in June 2001 and a plaque laid on the flowerbed which surrounds the memorial. The plaque reads

Cawston war memorial after work © WMT, 2002This war memorial
was re-dedicated
9th June 2001
having been restored
after lightning damage.

The dedication on the plinth of the memorial reads

In memory of
the men of Cawston
who fell in the great war
1914 – 1919
I am the resurrection and the life

Cawston war memorial after work © WMT, 2002The names of the fallen of both world wars are carved on to the memorial.

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM36
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 19791

If you have a concern about this memorial please contact the Trust on conservation@warmemorials.org

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