Wellington Park War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1429915

Date first listed: 21-Oct-2015

Statutory Address: Wellington Park, Courtland Road, Wellington, Somerset

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: Wellington Park, Courtland Road, Wellington, Somerset

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: Taunton Deane (District Authority)

Parish: Wellington

National Grid Reference: ST1342220616

Summary

War memorial, unveiled in 1921.

Reasons for Designation

Wellington War Memorial 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 modest yet well-executed memorial; * Group value: it stands within Wellington Park which is registered at Grade II*.

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 England. One such memorial was erected in Wellington Park in 1921. The park was laid out in 1902 on land provided by Messrs Fox Bros, a local cloth manufacturing company, who also donated a further 5 acres to the south-west for a recreation ground as a thanks offering for peace after the First World War. The war memorial was unveiled on 17 June 1921 by Mr F Hugh Fox, and commemorates the 178 local men who died during the conflict. After the Second World War a second dedicatory inscription was added in memory of the 51 local men who lost their lives during the war; two of the names are later additions to the plaque.

Details

War Memorial, erected 1921.

DESCRIPTION: it is situated on a slightly elevated circular mound and is approached by four stone steps on its north side, although a postcard from c1925 shows the steps were originally on the west side. The memorial takes the form of a monolith of roughly-hewn Cornish granite which stands on a raised base which is also roughly-hewn. Bronze plaques on the memorial's west and south faces each carry a dedication, in relief lettering: TO OUR GLORIOUS DEAD/ 1914-1918/ NAMES. A further plaque, also of bronze, reads: TO OUR GLORIOUS DEAD/ 1939-1945/ NAMES.

Pursuant to s.1 (5A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 ('the Act') it is declared that the later C20 chain and link fence and wooden posts which encircle the war memorial are not of special architectural or historic interest and are not included in the listing.

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 23/10/2015



Sources

Websites
War Memorials Online, accessed 1 September 2015 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/213084
War Memorials Register, accessed 01/09/2015 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/1398

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