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War Memorial, Church of St Nicholas, Kittisford

A Grade II Listed Building in Stawley, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9929 / 50°59'34"N

Longitude: -3.3146 / 3°18'52"W

OS Eastings: 307833

OS Northings: 122326

OS Grid: ST078223

Mapcode National: GBR LR.KN33

Mapcode Global: FRA 36YH.8GN

Entry Name: War Memorial, Church of St Nicholas, Kittisford

Location: Stawley, Taunton Deane, Somerset, TA21

County: Somerset

District: Taunton Deane

Parish: Stawley

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Listing Date: 2 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442070

Summary

First World War memorial, erected 1920.

Description

First World War memorial, erected 1920.

DESCRIPTION: it is carved from granite and takes the form of a rough-hewn Latin cross set upon a three-stepped base. Carved into the front (W) face of the upper step is the inscription TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND / IN HONOURED MEMORY OF / THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR. The middle step is inscribed 1914-1919. / (NAMES). There is a further inscription to the lower step which is weathered and reads (Imperial War Museum, see Sources) RIP / WE COMMIT THE KEEPING OF THEIR SOULS / TO HIM AS UNTO A FAITHFUL CREATOR / THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED BY THE RECTOR AND / PARISHIONERS OF KITTISFORD 1920.

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of war memorials erected across England. One such memorial was erected in the churchyard of the Church of St Nicholas in Kittisford in 1920 to commemorate the three local men from the parish who lost their lives during the conflict.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial in the churchyard of the Church of St Nicholas, Kittisford is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the First World War;
* Design interest: as a simple, yet dignified war memorial in the form of a Latin cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Nicholas.

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