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Barrow Gurney War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Barrow Gurney, North Somerset

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Latitude: 51.4077 / 51°24'27"N

Longitude: -2.6749 / 2°40'29"W

OS Eastings: 353151

OS Northings: 167850

OS Grid: ST531678

Mapcode National: GBR JM.QFW8

Mapcode Global: VH88S.LW76

Entry Name: Barrow Gurney War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439684

Location: Barrow Gurney, North Somerset, BS48

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Barrow Gurney

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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A village war memorial of c1920, with additions after 1945.


A village war memorial of c1920, with additions after 1945.

MATERIALS and PLAN: sandstone. The memorial has a hooded Calvary to its top with an octagonal shaft which features a statue of a knight standing behind a shield, set in a niche. Below this the octagonal base rises above a plinth of three steep steps. Surrounding the monument is a square enclosure which has a stone kerb, which appears to be original.

The north face is the principal front and faces the road. The Calvary has a gable to its top with brattished outline and a projecting, brattished ring to the top of the shaft. The carved figure of the knight wears armour and is placed in a niche, approximately half way up the shaft, which has a canopy with an ogee arch and crocketed finials. The shaft dies to a square bottom by broach stops. Below this the drum of the octagonal base has recessed panels to each side showing a quatrefoil with a richly-moulded square boss to the centre. The exception is the north face which bears the words in relief ‘CHRIST.DIED / FOR.ALL.MEN / THESE.FOR / THEIR.COUNTRY’ The names of the fallen are inscribed below on the steps of the plinth. Names of the fallen from the Second World War are inscribed on the south face beneath the dates ‘1939 – 1945’. Each step has a cyma moulded lip.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 27 February 2017.


A war memorial of c1920, with additions after 1945. In 2004 a grant of £250 for repair of the perimeter wall was given by War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Barrow Gurney 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;
* Architectural interest: as an accomplished and well-realised war memorial, which takes the form of a sandstone cross with Calvary head on a tapered shaft with a statue of a knight set in a niche;
* Group value: with Steps Farmhouse and attached garden walls, gatepiers and steps, Barrow Gurney (Grade II).

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