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Kingston St Mary War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Kingston St Mary, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0611 / 51°3'39"N

Longitude: -3.1104 / 3°6'37"W

OS Eastings: 322282

OS Northings: 129668

OS Grid: ST222296

Mapcode National: GBR M0.FKTJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 46C9.XS0

Plus Code: 9C3R3V6Q+CR

Entry Name: Kingston St Mary War Memorial

Listing Date: 15 December 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1431544

Location: Kingston St. Mary, Somerset West and Taunton, Somerset, TA2

County: Somerset

District: Somerset West and Taunton

Civil Parish: Kingston St. Mary

Built-Up Area: Kingston St Mary

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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First World War memorial, probably early 1920s, with later inscription after the Second World War.


First World War memorial, probably early 1920s, with later inscription after the Second World War.

MATERIALS: of dressed granite.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is situated within the churchyard of the church of St Mary the Virgin. It is in the form of a Latin cross with a stone sword in relief to the shaft. It stands on a square plinth with broach stops, which in turn rests on an octagonal three-stepped base. A lead plaque to the front (south) face of the plinth is inscribed: IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF/ KINGSTON/ WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919. The plaques on the other sides of the plinth record the names of the Fallen. The upper step of the base has a further plaque which is inscribed: AND/ IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939-1945/ NAMES.


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 after the war in Kingston St Mary to commemorate the thirty five men who lost their lives during this conflict. A further plaque was added after the Second World War in memory of the eight men who died.

Reasons for Listing

Kingston St Mary War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: a modest, but good example of a memorial in the form of a Latin cross;
* Group value: with the Grade I listed Church of St Mary the Virgin and with a number of Grade II listed funerary monuments.

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