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War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Somerton, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0541 / 51°3'14"N

Longitude: -2.7284 / 2°43'42"W

OS Eastings: 349044

OS Northings: 128553

OS Grid: ST490285

Mapcode National: GBR MK.FSP8

Mapcode Global: FRA 565B.GWV

Plus Code: 9C3V373C+JM

Entry Name: War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 May 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393823

English Heritage Legacy ID: 508242

Location: Somerton, South Somerset, Somerset, TA11

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Somerton

Built-Up Area: Somerton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

SOMERTON

508/0/10015 MARKET PLACE
27-MAY-10 (Northwest side)
War Memorial

GV II
DESCRIPTION
War memorial, erected 1921.

MATERIALS: Built of Portland stone.
PLAN: It has a square plan.
DESCRIPTION: The memorial consists a square three stepped base, upon which stands a square plinth surmounted by a Royal Artillery soldier standing in the reversed arms position, with stripes for long service and good conduct. The cornice of the front, southerly facade of the plinth has inscribed 'LEST WE FORGET' beneath which, on the plinth itself is 'IN GRATEFUL AND EVERLASTING / MEMORY OF THE SOMERTON MEN / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR / THEIR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1919' and then the names of the officers and NCOs who lost their lives during World War I, with the names of ordinary soldiers and sailors on the east and west facades. The north facade shows the names of the soldiers who died during the Second World War, and those civilians who died during the 1942 German bombing of the Cow & Gate milk factory in nearby Etsome. The memorial stands in a prominent position in Market Place in the centre of the village, surrounded by listed buildings and within the Somerton conservation area.
HISTORY: The great age of memorial building was in the aftermath of the First World War, giving communities an opportunity to honour and mark their fallen. The Somerton memorial was dedicated on 21 May 1921.

RESONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION
The Somerton War Memorial is designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic: It is poignant record of the impact of tragic world events on the community and commemorates both servicemen and civilians lost in the conflict
* Architectural: Designed to specifications by the War Office, it is a handsome and well executed example
* Group value: It has strong visual group value with the surrounding listed buildings and scheduled monument.


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, 31 January 2018.

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