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Ditcheat War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Ditcheat, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.125 / 51°7'29"N

Longitude: -2.537 / 2°32'13"W

OS Eastings: 362512

OS Northings: 136328

OS Grid: ST625363

Mapcode National: GBR MT.9F15

Mapcode Global: VH8B6.ZZ4G

Plus Code: 9C3V4FF7+X5

Entry Name: Ditcheat War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 January 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1432193

Location: Ditcheat, Mendip, Somerset, BA4

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Ditcheat

Built-Up Area: Ditcheat

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Summary


War memorial, erected in c1919.

Description

War memorial, erected in c1919.

MATERIALS: carved from limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is octagonal on plan. It has a three-stepped base surmounted by an octagonal plinth with a tapering shaft with moulded top and a stylised wheel-head cross. The front (west) face of the plinth is inscribed: THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF/ THE HEROES/ OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FOUGHT AND FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914–1918. A plaque at the base of the plinth is inscribed: WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. 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.

History

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 the churchyard in Ditcheat to commemorate the Fallen from the parish who lost their lives during the First World War. A newspaper article from November 1918 refers to the establishment of a committee of parishioners to consider commemoration proposals. A marble war memorial plaque was also erected in the church which names the sixteen men who died during the First World War and the four from the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Ditcheat War Memorial, which is situated within the churchyard, 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 well-executed memorial in the form of a wheel-head cross.

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