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Tarrant Keyneston War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Tarrant Keyneston, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8393 / 50°50'21"N

Longitude: -2.1012 / 2°6'4"W

OS Eastings: 392972

OS Northings: 104419

OS Grid: ST929044

Mapcode National: GBR 312.9L5

Mapcode Global: FRA 66HW.78D

Entry Name: Tarrant Keyneston War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1441882

Location: Tarrant Keyneston, North Dorset, Dorset, DT11

County: Dorset

District: North Dorset

Civil Parish: Tarrant Keyneston

Built-Up Area: Tarrant Keyneston

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Tarrant Keynston with Tarrant Crawford All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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First World War memorial with further names added after the Second World War.


DESCRIPTION: Tarrant Keyneston War Memorial is located to the north side of Main Street in Tarrant Keyneston and it comprises a 3m high Latin cross on a tapered polygonal shaft rising from a square plinth on a three-stepped base.

The First World War inscription is incised on the front elevation of the plinth and reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN/ HONOURABLE MEMORY OF THE/ UNDERMENTIONED MEN OF THIS/ PARISH WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.

A Second World War inscription has been added to the rear elevation along with the names of the fallen and preceded by 1939 – 1945.


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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Tarrant Keyneston as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First World War. It commemorates eight local servicemen who died during the First World War.

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the two fallen of that conflict. 

In 2016 the memorial was conserved with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Tarrant Keyneston 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 this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet striking Latin cross;
* Group value: with the Farmhouse, a listed building opposite (Grade II).

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