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Spurway Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Oake, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0314 / 51°1'52"N

Longitude: -3.199 / 3°11'56"W

OS Eastings: 316015

OS Northings: 126463

OS Grid: ST160264

Mapcode National: GBR LX.H7CN

Mapcode Global: FRA 465D.CHN

Plus Code: 9C3R2RJ2+H9

Entry Name: Spurway Memorial

Listing Date: 6 July 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1436086

Location: Oake, Somerset West and Taunton, Somerset, TA4

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Oake

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Heathfield with Cotford St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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First World War memorial, dating probably from the early 1920s.


First World War memorial, dating probably from the early 1920s.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of a timber Calvary cross with a carved figure of Christ beneath a wooden and lead-clad gabled weatherhood. The wooden shaft is inscribed: TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF / RICHARD SPURWAY / ALEXANDER SPURWAY / GEORGE SPURWAY / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE / 1914 GREAT WAR 1918.

The base of the war memorial is encased with stone rubble.

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 war memorial in the churchyard of the Church of St John the Baptist was erected probably during the early 1920s, as part of the great wave of commemoration of the sacrifice made by the Fallen from communities across the country. It commemorates three brothers who lost their lives during the First World War and who were the sons of the late Reverend E P Spurway, a former vicar of St John the Baptist. The memorial is situated close to the Spurway family burial plot.

Reasons for Listing

The Spurway Memorial in the churchyard of the Church of St John the Baptist is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Design interest: as a poignant memorial in the form of a Calvary which commemorates three brothers who sadly lost their lives in the First World War;
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community, and the sacrifice it made in the First World War;
* Group value: with the Grade II-listed Church of St John the Baptist which forms its backdrop.

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