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Lydeard St Lawrence War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Taunton, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0821 / 51°4'55"N

Longitude: -3.2456 / 3°14'44"W

OS Eastings: 312845

OS Northings: 132155

OS Grid: ST128321

Mapcode National: GBR LV.D1L5

Mapcode Global: FRA 4628.CCD

Plus Code: 9C3R3QJ3+RQ

Entry Name: Lydeard St Lawrence War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442673

Location: Lydeard St. Lawrence, Somerset West and Taunton, Somerset, TA4

County: Somerset

District: Somerset West and Taunton

Civil Parish: Lydeard St. Lawrence

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Lydeard St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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A stone war memorial cross of 1919.


A war memorial cross of 1919 date.

MATERIALS: of dressed stone.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is a cross on a square base and sloping square plinth with recessed panels to each face. The tapering square shaft is surmounted by a boxed Latin cross. The front (east) face of the plinth reads: IN MEMORY OF THE FIVE/ PARISHIONERS WHO FELL, / AND IN HONOUR / OF THE 78 WHO FROM THIS / PARISH SERVED IN THE / GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919. The base below is inscribed: ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF LYDEARD S. LAWRENCE, 1919. The south face of the plinth is inscribed: SERVED IN / THE GREAT WAR / 78.The west has a recessed panel reads: IN MEMORY OF THE THREE / PARISHIONERS WHO FELL / AND IN HONOUR OF THE/ FIFTY THREE WHO FROM / THIS PARISH SERVED IN THE/ WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES). The north face is inscribed: (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, 23 November 2017.


The war memorial to members of Lydeard St Lawrence Parish who served, and those who fell, in the First World War was erected in 1919. Following the Second World War, those who served and fell in that conflict were also commemorated. Following the First World War the parishioners also raised funds to purchase a clock for the Church of St Lawrence (Grade I) in commemoration.

Reasons for Listing

Lydeard St Lawrence War Memorial, Somerset, 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 sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a well-crafted square wheel cross design in dressed stone;
* Intactness: the structure is unaltered.

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