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Cross Base and War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Yeovilton, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0218 / 51°1'18"N

Longitude: -2.6492 / 2°38'57"W

OS Eastings: 354561

OS Northings: 124916

OS Grid: ST545249

Mapcode National: GBR MN.HW3D

Mapcode Global: FRA 56BD.XCK

Entry Name: Cross Base and War Memorial

Listing Date: 16 August 1984

Last Amended: 18 November 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1345998

English Heritage Legacy ID: 262774

Location: Yeovilton, South Somerset, Somerset, BA22

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Yeovilton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Summary

Churchyard cross of C14 date; surmounted by an early-C20 war memorial.

Description

Churchyard cross of C14 date; surmounted by an early-C20 war memorial.

MATERIALS: constructed of Ham stone (base) and pre-cast concrete (upper part).

DESCRIPTION: the medieval cross consists of a base of two octagonal steps on which is set a square socket stone with moulded and chamfered corners. Set onto the socket stone is an early-C20 shaft. Its east face is inscribed: IN MEMORY OF / (TWO NAMES)/ PARISHIONERS OF PODYMORE/ KILLED IN THE GREAT WAR/ APRIL 11 AND MAY 3/ RESPECTIVELY 1917/ "PLEASANT IN THEIR LIVES./ IN THEIR DEATH NOT DIVIDED.” 2 Samuel 1.23 / (NAME). The west face carries the inscription: IN MEMORY OF/ PARISHIONERS/ OF/ PODYMORE/ BURIED IN/ THE CHURCH YARD. The shaft rises to a cross with rectangular sections. At its centre, each face is inscribed 'IHS' within a circular panel.


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, 14 December 2016.

History

Within the churchyard of the church of St Peter is the base of a medieval cross, believed to be of C14 date. After the First World War a concrete shaft with a cross was erected on the base to commemorate the three men of the village who died during the conflict, as well as the parishioners buried in the churchyard.

Reasons for Listing

The medieval cross base and war memorial in the churchyard of the church of St Peter 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;
* Architectural interest: an unusual monument which, in contrast to the standard war memorial design, re-uses a medieval cross base to create a well-realised commemorative structure;
* Group value: with the Grade I listed Church of St Peter and two chest tombs (both Grade II).

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