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Shepton Montague War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Shepton Montague, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0842 / 51°5'3"N

Longitude: -2.456 / 2°27'21"W

OS Eastings: 368154

OS Northings: 131752

OS Grid: ST681317

Mapcode National: GBR MX.CX6B

Mapcode Global: FRA 56R8.10L

Plus Code: 9C3V3GMV+MH

Entry Name: Shepton Montague War Memorial

Listing Date: 15 January 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1423559

Location: Shepton Montague, South Somerset, Somerset, BA9

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Shepton Montague

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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A First World War memorial, erected circa 1920, with Second World War additions.


A First World War memorial, erected circa 1920, with Second World War additions.

MATERIALS: of rock-faced Doulting stone with a concrete base.

PLAN: it is square-on-plan.

DETAILS: the memorial stands in the west corner of St Peter’s churchyard and takes the form of a Celtic wheel-head cross with a south-west facing principal face. The churchyard wall has been reduced in height so that the memorial is visible form the passing road. It comprises a single-step base upon which sits a plinth which in turn supports a square, tapering socket stone. A tapering shaft rises from the socket stone and is topped by a wheel-head cross carved with Celtic designs in relief. The south-west faces of both the socket stone and plinth are dressed and contain dedicatory inscriptions. The inscription on the socket stone reads: ‘IN MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO FELL IN THE / GREAT WAR 1914-1918, / KILLED AND MISSING / [Names] and the plinth is inscribed: ‘ALSO 1939-1945 / [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, 15 December 2016.


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. One such memorial was erected in St Peter's churchyard in Shepton Montague, to commemorate the five men of the parish who died during the conflict. Following the Second World War a second dedicatory inscription was added to commemorate the three local men who died during this conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Shepton Montague war memorial, erected circa 1920, with Second World War additions, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of a world events on this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as an accomplished and well-realised war memorial which takes the form of a Celtic wheel-head cross;
* Group value: it forms a strong group with the church of St Peter, the base of the C15 churchyard cross and three C17 chest tombs, all of which are listed at Grade II.

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