West Norfolk trail marks Great War

Narborough Church first world war memorial ANL-140710-162739001
Narborough Church first world war memorial ANL-140710-162739001
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Churches in West Norfolk feature in a new trail focusing on war memorials with a story to tell which marks 100 years since the First World War.

Memento Mori is a project created by Art Alive in Churches and among the 17 churches across Norfolk are ones in Middleton, Narborough, Castle Acre, Outwell, Upwell and Great Ryburgh.

Middleton - Saint Mary's church ENGANL00120130416163543

Middleton - Saint Mary's church ENGANL00120130416163543

Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Community Foundation Commemorating WWI have helped fund the project.

Complementary trail leaflets are also available for Cambridge and Suffolk and can be downloaded from Memento Mori in the projects section of www.artaliveinchurches.com. Leaflets can also be picked up at participating churches.

Jennie Hawks, director, Art Alive in Churches, said: “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.

“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.”

Bright yellow fields of Oilseed surround Castle Acre. ENGANL00120140502123926

Bright yellow fields of Oilseed surround Castle Acre. ENGANL00120140502123926

The West Norfolk churches featured are St Clements Outwell, St Peter Upwell, St Mary Middleton, All Saints Narborough, St James the Great Castle Acre and St Andrew Great Ryburgh, near Fakenham.

The churches are open daily with the exception of Upwell (locked with key holder living nearby).

Narborough was home to the First World War’s largest airfield in the UK and it covered some 900 acres.

There are 15 graves in Narborough churchyard of Royal Flying Corps airmen who died in training at the base.

There is also a granite memorial at the entrance to the church and a handwritten Roll of Honour inside the church.