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Norton St Philip War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Norton St. Philip, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3001 / 51°18'0"N

Longitude: -2.3284 / 2°19'42"W

OS Eastings: 377201

OS Northings: 155713

OS Grid: ST772557

Mapcode National: GBR 0RJ.D4M

Mapcode Global: VH970.LLF6

Entry Name: Norton St Philip War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442446

Location: Norton St. Philip, Mendip, Somerset, BA2

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

Civil Parish: Norton St Philip

Built-Up Area: Norton St Philip

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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A First World War memorial dating from c.1920, altered following the Second World War.


A First World War memorial dating from 1920, altered following the Second World War.

The memorial is constructed from granite.

The memorial is approximately 3.6 metres high and takes the form of a wheel cross set on a tapering shaft. This stands atop a rough-hewn base, which has granite blocks placed around it.

The shaft is inscribed: TO/ THE GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF/ (NAMES)/ WHO/ FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ 1939-1945/ (NAMES).

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, 21 February 2017.


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 Norton St Philip 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 was set up in a prominent position in the churchyard and dedicated in 1920.

After the Second World War, the names of the fallen of that conflict from the parish were added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial in Norton St Philip 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;
* Design: a well-executed stone wheel cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II* listed Church of St Philip and St James and ten listed tombs also within the churchyard.

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