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Shepton Beauchamp War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Ilminster, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.9506 / 50°57'2"N

Longitude: -2.8516 / 2°51'5"W

OS Eastings: 340276

OS Northings: 117138

OS Grid: ST402171

Mapcode National: GBR MC.NKC4

Mapcode Global: FRA 46XL.NWF

Plus Code: 9C2VX42X+69

Entry Name: Shepton Beauchamp War Memorial

Listing Date: 31 October 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1422028

Location: Shepton Beauchamp, South Somerset, Somerset, TA19

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Shepton Beauchamp

Built-Up Area: Shepton Beauchamp

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Shepton Beauchamp

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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First World War Memorial. Circa 1920, with further inscriptions added later. It was re-sited to its current location in 1994.


First World War Memorial. Circa 1920, with further inscriptions added later. It was re-sited to its current location in 1994.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial, in the form of a calvary, stands at the south-western corner of the churchyard and faces south. It comprises the figure of the crucified Christ, carved in oak on a wooden cross surmounted by a timber canopy clad in shingles. It stands on a square Hamstone plinth with chamfered corners, set on a stone step and a late-C20 concrete base. The south face of the base carries a plaque which is inscribed 'TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS/ PARISH WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ (NAMES)/ GRANT THEM O LORD ETERNAL REST’. A later plaque inscription on the east face is inscribed: ‘TO THE MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO FELL IN THE WAR/ 1939-1945./ (NAMES)’. The plaque on the opposite face commemorates the Silver Jubilee of King George V.

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, 14 December 2016.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the single biggest wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was erected, probably in the early 1920s, in Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset to commemorate the eight men of the parish who died during the conflict. A further plaque was added to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V in May 1935 and to further commemorate the fallen. Following the Second World War a further five names were added to the monument in memory of the men who died during this conflict. In 1994 the memorial was moved a short distance from the opposite (west) side of Church Street to its current position in the south-west corner of the churchyard.

Reasons for Listing

The Shepton Beauchamp war memorial, probably erected in the early 1920s, is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an accomplished and well-executed war memorial, in the form of a timber Calvary, with commemorative plaques on its stone plinth;
* Group value: the memorial groups well with a number of listed buildings and monuments including several chest tombs (Grade II) and the Church of St Michael (Grade I).

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