A war memorial, dating from circa 1921, architect unknown.
Reason for Listing
The war memorial at Didmarton is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons: * Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20. * Group value: with the many nearby listed buildings, including the church of St Lawrence (Grade I), the medieval cross in its churchyard (Grade II) and St Lawrence’s well (Grade II).
The war memorial in Didmarton was erected in circa 1921. It commemorated the eight men of the village who had lost their lives during of the First World War. It was set up in the churchyard of the church of St Michael and All Angels, on the main road through the village. Following the second World War, the names of the three men who had died in that conflict were added to the memorial. In 1997, the church of St Michael was sold and converted to a dwelling, at which point the war memorial was moved from its churchyard to a prominent location on the roadside just outside the grounds of the church of St Lawrence, a short distance away.
A war memorial, dating from circa 1921, architect unknown.MATERIALS: local limestone.PLAN: the memorial’s base is circa 0.5m square.DESCRIPTION: the structure takes the form of a cross circa 1.5m high, formed of an octagonal shaft extending into a cross of octagonal section, with flat terminals to the arms. The shaft is set directly into the slightly tapering, chamfered base with a moulded plinth. The south face of the base is inscribed: IN PROUD AND / GRATEFUL MEM / -ORY OF THOSE / FROM THIS PAR- / ISH WHO GAVE / THEIR LIVES IN / THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1918. On the east and west faces are the names of the Fallen, eight in total. The south side of the base carries the carved inscription: 1939 – 1945, followed by the names of the three men of the village who fell during the Second World War. The carved lettering on all faces is picked out in black paint, now faded. The base stands upon modern paving.
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