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Weymouth Cenotaph

A Grade II Listed Building in Melcombe Regis, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.617 / 50°37'1"N

Longitude: -2.4513 / 2°27'4"W

OS Eastings: 368166

OS Northings: 79799

OS Grid: SY681797

Mapcode National: GBR PY.CXTP

Mapcode Global: FRA 57RF.NV6

Plus Code: 9C2VJG8X+RF

Entry Name: Weymouth Cenotaph

Listing Date: 30 January 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393111

English Heritage Legacy ID: 505695

Location: Dorset, DT4

County: Dorset

Electoral Ward/Division: Melcombe Regis

Built-Up Area: Weymouth

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Radipole and Melcombe Regis

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Description

WEYMOUTH

873-1/0/10026 THE ESPLANADE
30-JAN-09 (Southeast side)
WEYMOUTH CENOTAPH

GV II
First World War memorial.1921, adapted in 1949 to include Second World War. Cenotaph-type design of Portland stone with bronze plaques.

A tall, slender pier, stepped at the top, and raised on shallow steps and a rectangular plinth. The upper parts of the pier have wreaths to north west and south east faces, surrounding a 1914 / 1919 inscription and decorative relief of Christ being born aloft by angels respectively. Below, on all four sides of the pier are bronze panels bearing the names of the dead in World War One and, on the south east face the panel also defines the purpose of the memorial. The four sides of the plinth carry a stone panel to the north west face inscribed: `IN REMEMBRANCE OF / THE CITIZENS / OF THIS BOROUGH / WHO MADE THE / SUPREME SACRIFICE / DURING THE / SECOND WORLD WAR / 1939-1945', and three bronze plaques commemorating those who died in the Second World War.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: The memorial is surrounded by low iron railings.
HISTORY: It was erected to commemorate those who died during the Great War and was unveiled on 6th November 1921. On 8th May 1949, further plaques were unveiled on the memorial to commemorate the dead of World War Two.
SOURCES: http://www.ukniwm.org.uk

REASON FOR DESIGNATION: The Weymouth Cenotaph is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* An eloquent witness to the impact of tragic world events on this community
* A design of distinct architectural quality and craftsmanship
* A dignified piece of symbolism, imaginatively sited on the sea front
* It has group value with a number of listed buildings, including the D-Day Port Memorial to the south


This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 7 December 2016.

Reasons for Listing

The Weymouth Cenotaph has been designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* An eloquent witness to the impact of tragic world events on this community
* A design of distinct architectural quality and craftsmanship
* A dignified piece of symbolism, imaginatively sited on the sea front
* It has group value with a number of listed buildings, including the D-Day Port Memorial

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