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Templecombe War Memorial, Abbas and Templecombe

Description: Templecombe War Memorial

Grade: II
Date Listed: 24 February 2015
Building ID: 1423981

OS Grid Reference: ST7084322678
OS Grid Coordinates: 370843, 122678
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0027, -2.4169

Locality: Abbas and Templecombe
Local Authority: South Somerset
County: Somerset
Postcode: BA8 0HQ

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Listing Text


A war memorial, dating from circa 1921, architect unknown.

Reason for Listing

The war memorial at Templecombe 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; Design: as an elegant and well-crafted stone cross in the medieval tradition; * Group value: with the neighbouring listed buildings, including the church of St Mary (Grade II*) and Church House (Grade II).


The war memorial in Templecombe was erected in circa 1921. It commemorated the 23 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 Mary, on the main road through the village.


A war memorial, dating from circa 1921, architect unknown.MATERIALS: local stone.PLAN: the memorial’s platform is circa 1.5m square.DESCRIPTION: the structure takes the form of a floriated cross circa 4.5m high, formed of an octagonal shaft extending into a cross of octagonal section, with cusping to the arms. The shaft is set into a square-set plinth with chamfered edges to the top and a moulded base. The plinth stands upon a three-stepped, octagonal stone platform. The top step of the platform carries the carved inscription around all eight sides: REMEMBER THOSE WHO DIED ACROSS THE SEA FOR ENGLAND’S LIBERTY. The inscription is in a very elaborate Serif font.

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