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Bathealton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Bathealton, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0085 / 51°0'30"N

Longitude: -3.3137 / 3°18'49"W

OS Eastings: 307933

OS Northings: 124060

OS Grid: ST079240

Mapcode National: GBR LR.JNBW

Mapcode Global: FRA 36YG.2VK

Entry Name: Bathealton War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442174

Location: Bathealton, Taunton Deane, Somerset, TA4

County: Somerset

District: Taunton Deane

Civil Parish: Bathealton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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A First World War memorial, erected circa 1920, altered after the Second World War.


A First World War memorial, erected circa 1920, altered after the Second World War.

MATERIALS: local stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of a short Celtic wheel cross, with relief-carved interlacing to the arms of the cross, with a moulded central boss. The shaft has a relief-carved cipher of the initials SH, below which is the carved inscription: TO THE / MEMORY OF / THOSE WHO / FELL IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1918 / 1939 – 1945. The shaft sits directly on a tapering square base, inscribed with the names of the casualties of the First World War (4) / OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / AND / followed by the name of the soldier who died in the Second World War. The base stands on a single step, also tapering, which is inscribed: GOD PROVED THEM AND FOUND THEM WORTHY FOR HIMSELF.


The memorial was erected after the First World War, as part of the great wave of commemoration of the sacrifice made by the fallen from communities across the country. It was set up in a prominent position in the village churchyard. After the Second World War, the names of the soldier of the parish who died in that conflict was added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Bathealton 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: a sombre but elegant memorial, well made and with good inscriptions;
* Group value: with the Grade II-listed Church of St Bartholomew.

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