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Sampford Arundel War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Sampford Arundel, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9625 / 50°57'44"N

Longitude: -3.2714 / 3°16'16"W

OS Eastings: 310812

OS Northings: 118886

OS Grid: ST108188

Mapcode National: GBR LT.MM1K

Mapcode Global: FRA 461K.MCC

Plus Code: 9C2RXP6H+XF

Entry Name: Sampford Arundel War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 July 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1436144

Location: Sampford Arundel, Somerset West and Taunton, Somerset, TA21

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Sampford Arundel

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Sampford Arundel

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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Summary


A First World War memorial, dating from 1921; Second World War inscription added.

Description

A First World War memorial, dating from 1921; Second World War inscription added.

DESCRIPTION: it is carved from granite and comprises a three-stepped base surmounted by a tapering shaft and a simple, tapered Latin cross. The front (north) face of the upper step carries the inscription in raised lettering: TO THE HONOURED / MEMORY OF THE MEN / OF THIS PARISH WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR / THEIR COUNTRY 1914-18. The other faces are inscribed: IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO CAME TO THEIR COUNTRY’S AID 1914-1918. The names of the servicemen are recorded on the both the upper and middle steps; those to the front face list the six men who lost their lives. The front face of the lowest step is inscribed: 1939 (NAME) 1945 / RIP.

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.

History

As part of the great wave of commemoration of the sacrifice made by the Fallen from communities across the country, the war memorial at Sampford Arundel was erected in 1921. It is prominently situated at the entrance to the churchyard and commemorates the local men who served during the First World War, six of whom lost their lives. A further inscription was added after the Second World War to commemorate a serviceman who died during this conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Sampford Arundel War Memorial, which is situated within the churchyard, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural interest: as a simple and well-proportioned memorial in the form of a Latin cross;
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Group value: with the Grade II listed Church of the Holy Cross and churchyard gate piers and gates.

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