Charity produces trail leaflet showing church memorials dedicated to the Great War

The First World War memorial at Ditchingham church.

The First World War memorial at Ditchingham church. - Credit: Archant

An East Anglian charity has produced a trail leaflet detailing rural memorials dedicated to the Great War in 17 churches across Norfolk.

Salhouse Church

Salhouse Church - Credit: Archant

Memento Mori World War One Memorials is the brainchild of Art Alive in Churches and aims to increase the appreciation of the rich heritage of our county’s church and the stories that the memorials tell.

The project also extends to Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and has been funded in part by Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk Community Foundation

Jennie Hawks, director of Art Alive in Churches said: “Art Alive aims to increase understanding and appreciation of the wealth of heritage, arts and crafts in East Anglian churches. With this year’s 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, we decided to focus on the memorials to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war.

“The range of memorials is quite amazing. We have selected 17 in Norfolk, and similar numbers in Suffolk and Cambridge city centre.


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“I recommend exploring our trails as a way to begin to understand the impact of the war on local communities, as well as appreciating the care that went into creating these permanent memorials to the catastrophe of the Western Front, along with Gallipoli, the Middle East campaign and the war at sea.”

Norfolk churches featured are: St Clements, Outwell, St Peter, Upwell, St Mary, Middleton, All Saints, Narborough, St James, the Great Castle Acre, St Andrew, Great Ryburgh, St Mary, Cranworth, St George, Hardingham, St Peter & St Paul, Forncett St Peter, St Mary, Forncett St Mary, All Saints, Tibenham, St Margaret, Tivetshall St Margaret, All Saints, Salhouse, St Andrew & St Peter, Blofield, All Saints, Hemblington, St Peter, Lingwood and St Mary, Ditchingham.

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• Trail leaflets are also available for Suffolk and Cambridge and can be downloaded from Memento Mori in the projects section of www.artalivein churches.com

• The Norfolk churches are open daily with the exception of Tivetshall, open weekdays and Upwell and Hardingham, which are locked with the key holder living nearby.

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