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Description: Castle Cary War Memorial
Date Listed: 12 January 2015
Building ID: 1423545
OS Grid Reference: ST6403032208
OS Grid Coordinates: 364030, 132208
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0881, -2.5149
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Castle Cary war memorial is list ed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Architectural interest: the monument, its roughly hew base and its inspired setting on an island, have dramatic power; * 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: the memorial stands in a prominent place within the wider context of Castle Cary and has a strong relationship with the other buildings and layout of the town.
A war memorial of c.1920 which commemorates the dead of both World Wars.
MATERIALS: granite with incised, lead lettering.
PLAN: an island constructed to the north-western side of the horse pond which is set at the junction of Fore Street, Lower Park Street and Ashby Place. The memorial is rectangular in section with a cross set above a plinth which rises above a stepped platform.
The street front, facing north-west towards Ashby Place, has a cross with wheel head and tapered shaft, below which the plinth takes the form of a rough-hewn rectangular boulder with a recessed, smooth, panel to the front, which reads ‘THE / GREAT WAR / 1914-1919’. Below this is an added panel with angled face, which reads ‘1939 / TO / 1945’ at centre, flanked by the names of those who fell in the Second World War. The flanks of the plinth have recessed smooth panels which bear the names of those who died in the First World War.
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