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Fivehead War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Fivehead, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0017 / 51°0'6"N

Longitude: -2.9234 / 2°55'24"W

OS Eastings: 335302

OS Northings: 122887

OS Grid: ST353228

Mapcode National: GBR M8.K56J

Mapcode Global: FRA 46RG.JXG

Plus Code: 9C3V232G+MJ

Entry Name: Fivehead War Memorial

Listing Date: 21 August 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1428780

Location: Fivehead, South Somerset, Somerset, TA3

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Fivehead

Built-Up Area: Fivehead

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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War memorial, c1920. Further plaque added after Second World War.


War memorial, c1920. Further plaque added after Second World War.

DESCRIPTION: it takes the form of a stylised Maltese cross carved from Doulting stone on an octagonal tapered shaft mounted upon a plinth. Beneath this is an octagonal base which carries two bronze plaques on its south-east side. The first is inscribed: (NAMES) / 1914 “FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH.” 1918; the other carries the name of the local man who died during the Second World War and the dates of this conflict. The structure stands on three octagonal steps.

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 biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. One such memorial was erected in Fivehead, after being first proposed in May 1919, to commemorate the twelve local men who died during the conflict. It is prominently situated on the village green, adjacent to the churchyard of St Martin’s church. Following the Second World War a second dedicatory inscription was added. The steps of the war memorial were repointed in 2014

Reasons for Listing

Fivehead War Memorial, which is situated in the centre of the village, 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 made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: a well-executed memorial in Doulting stone;
* Group value: it stands adjacent to the churchyard of the Grade I listed church of St Martin and close to several other listed buildings.

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