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Limington War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Limington, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9988 / 50°59'55"N

Longitude: -2.6558 / 2°39'20"W

OS Eastings: 354078

OS Northings: 122364

OS Grid: ST540223

Mapcode National: GBR MN.K6ZL

Mapcode Global: FRA 56BG.TCQ

Entry Name: Limington War Memorial

Listing Date: 14 November 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1422717

Location: Limington, South Somerset, Somerset, BA22

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Limington

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Summary

War memorial, dated 1921; further inscriptions were added after the Second World War.

Description

War memorial, dated 1921; further inscriptions were added after the Second World War.
MATERIALS: constructed of Ham stone

DESCRIPTION: the memorial has a square, two-step base; its upper step is inscribed: 1939-1945/ GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS. JOHN. XV.13. / (NAMES); a further two names are inscribed on the lower step. Upon the base is a roughly-hewn plinth with the inscription: WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1919/ (NAMES) to its front (west) face. Rising from the plinth is a tapering shaft with a plain Celtic cross. The west face of the shaft is ornamented with the sword of sacrifice; beneath is a laurel wreath, the centre of which is inscribed: TO/ OUR/ GLORIOUS/ DEAD.


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

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever, with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was erected in the churchyard of St Mary's Church in Limington to commemorate the nine men of the village who died during the conflict. It was unveiled on 3 April 1921 by General E J Phipps-Hornby, VC, CB, CMG who had been awarded the Victoria Cross in 1900 during the South African War. A further six names were added to the memorial after the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Limington 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: a crisply-carved composition that is well suited to its prominent location in the churchyard;
* Group value: with the Church of St Mary (Grade I) and a number of designated chest tombs (Grade II).

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