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West Bagborough war memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in West Bagborough, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0954 / 51°5'43"N

Longitude: -3.1889 / 3°11'20"W

OS Eastings: 316838

OS Northings: 133576

OS Grid: ST168335

Mapcode National: GBR LX.C9XY

Mapcode Global: FRA 4667.9GD

Entry Name: West Bagborough war memorial

Location: West Bagborough, Taunton Deane, Somerset, TA4

County: Somerset

District: Taunton Deane

Parish: West Bagborough

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Listing Date: 2 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442185

Summary

A First World War and Second World War memorial.

Description

A First World War and Second World War memorial.

MATERIALS
Slate slab, with a bronze sculpture.

DESCRIPTION
The memorial takes the form of a large, upright slate slab, which is inscribed, above which is a bronze laurel wreath, all set under a much later timber canopy. The slate is inscribed with the names of those who died and those who served: TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY/ 1914 - 1918/ 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES)/ THOSE WHO SERVED/ (NAMES).

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 21 February 2017.

History

The memorial appears to have been erected after the Second World War, as part of the commemoration of the sacrifice made by the fallen from communities across the country. It was set up in a prominent position adjacent to the lych gate of the village church. The memorial commemorates those men from the village who lost their lives or who served in both world wars. Those who died in the First World War had previously been commemorated by the addition of new figures in the rood within the church, designed by Sir Ninian Comper, in the 1920s.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial in West Bagborough 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 sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a sombre but elegant memorial slab, with a carved laurel wreath.

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