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Pensford War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Pensford, Bath and North East Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3714 / 51°22'17"N

Longitude: -2.5485 / 2°32'54"W

OS Eastings: 361914

OS Northings: 163735

OS Grid: ST619637

Mapcode National: GBR JS.SX85

Mapcode Global: VH891.SS2K

Entry Name: Pensford War Memorial

Listing Date: 9 December 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1430676

Location: Publow, Bath and North East Somerset, BS39

County: Bath and North East Somerset

Civil Parish: Publow

Built-Up Area: Pensford

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Summary

First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The memorial, in stone, consists of a Celtic cross decorated with carved Celtic patterns in relief set on a rough-hewn rectangular column with a moulded base, which rises from a rough-hewn square plinth that sits on a two-stepped square base.

An inscription on the front face of the plinth reads 1914 THE GREAT WAR 1918 / IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY, followed by a list of those who fell in the First World War, and “THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”.

In addition, the right flanking face of the plinth bears an inscription that reads 1939 – 1945, followed by a list of those who fell in the Second World War, and “GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS”. The inscriptions are attached in lead lettering.

A low curved wall surrounds the front of the memorial, whilst a higher curved wall surrounds the back of the memorial. A square plaque on the back wall reads SITE / PRESENTED BY / MISS ELLEN FLOWERS.

History

The land on which the memorial stands was donated by Miss Ellen Flowers, a local resident. Built by Messrs F Blacker and Sons of Clutton, with the masonry work being undertaken by Messrs J A Ford and Sons of Publow. The memorial was unveiled on 11 July 1925 by Colonel the Hon E Strachey and dedicated by the Archdeacon of Bath. After the Second World War the names of those who fell in that conflict were added to the plinth. Conservation and repair work was carried out in 2003, funded by War Memorials Trust, including changes to the inscriptions on the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Pensford War Memorial, unveiled in 1925, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: a well-executed Celtic cross.

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