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Combe Florey War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Combe Florey, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0735 / 51°4'24"N

Longitude: -3.2139 / 3°12'49"W

OS Eastings: 315052

OS Northings: 131162

OS Grid: ST150311

Mapcode National: GBR LW.DPM2

Mapcode Global: FRA 4648.ZPK

Entry Name: Combe Florey War Memorial

Location: Combe Florey, Taunton Deane, Somerset, TA4

County: Somerset

District: Taunton Deane

Parish: Combe Florey

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Listing Date: 20 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442676

Summary

A stone war memorial cross of 1920.

Description

A war memorial cross of 1920 date.

MATERIALS: of coarsely dressed stone.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is a cross on a square base and sloping square plinth with recessed panels to each face. The tapering square shaft is surmounted by a square wheel cross. The front (S) face of the plinth reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE/ EIGHT PARISHIONERS WHO/ FELL, AND OF THE FORTY FIVE/ WHO, FROM THIS PARISH,/ SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919. The base below is inscribed THIS CROSS IS THE GIFT OF THE PEOPLE/ OF COMBE FLOREY, 1920. The E face of the plinth is inscribed with names of the fallen and their place and date of death. The N face reads “IF OUR TIME BE COME, LET/ US DIE MANFULLY FOR OUR/ BRETHREN AND LET US NOT/ STAIN OUR HONOUR./ MACC. IX.10/ 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES).

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Combe Florey as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The war memorial to members of Combe Florey Parish who served, and those who fell, in the First World War was erected in 1920. Following the Second World War, those who served and fell in that conflict were also commemorated.

Reasons for Listing

Combe Florey War Memorial, Somerset, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a well-crafted cross design in dressed stone;
* Intactness: the structure is unaltered;
* Group value: with the Church of St Peter and St Paul and other listed buildings.

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