West Acre war memorial receives listing in time for Armistice Day

A war memorial in St Georges Park, Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

A war memorial in St Georges Park, Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

A Norfolk war memorial has become one of 50 others across the country to be listed in time for Armistice Day today.

The West Acre memorial received the Grade II status as part of Historic England's pledge to protect 2,500 First World War memorials by 2018.

Situated on Village Green, it has been listed for its 'ornate and striking fleur-de-lis wheel-head cross'.

Eight others across Norfolk have recently been recognised for their historic and architectural importance, and have also been listed.

They include:

• Pulham St Mary War Memorial

• Wicklewood War Memorial

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• Wretham War Memorial

• Knapton War Memorial

• Aylesham War Memorial

• North Tuddenham War Memorial

• Stibbard War Memorial

• Martham War Memorial, Churchyard of St Mary the Virgin

Historic England is now asking the public to nominate their memorial for listing to help reach its 2,500 target.

Up to £2m has also been provided in grants for war memorial repair, conservation, and workshops to teach people how to record them.

The organisation is aiming work with volunteers across the country on the project.

John Neale, planning Director for the East of England, said: 'Over a million Britons lost their lives in the First World War. It's important that their sacrifice is not forgotten – and that the lessons learnt during that time are as resonant now as they were then.

'The centenary programme aims to bring us together more closely as a nation to honour the lives and bravery of all those who served. War memorials are a valued part of our heritage and it is absolutely fitting that we cherish and preserve them for future generations.'

Roger Bowdler, Director of Listing at Historic England, said: 'Researching, recording and recommending up to 2,500 more war memorials for listing over the next five years is a major task but one that Historic England is proud to undertake. These memorials will gain a place on the National Heritage List for England to tell the story of this country's sacrifice and struggle.'

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