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Ditcheat War Memorial

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: Ditcheat War Memorial

List entry Number: 1432193


Churchyard of St Mary Magdalene Church, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6RB

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

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Ditcheat

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 20-Jan-2016

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Building

War memorial, erected in c1919.

Reasons for Designation

Ditcheat War Memorial, which is situated within the churchyard, 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 memorial in the form of a wheel-head cross.


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 the churchyard in Ditcheat to commemorate the Fallen from the parish who lost their lives during the First World War. A newspaper article from November 1918 refers to the establishment of a committee of parishioners to consider commemoration proposals. A marble war memorial plaque was also erected in the church which names the sixteen men who died during the First World War and the four from the Second World War.


War memorial, erected in c1919.

MATERIALS: carved from limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is octagonal on plan. It has a three-stepped base surmounted by an octagonal plinth with a tapering shaft with moulded top and a stylised wheel-head cross. The front (west) face of the plinth is inscribed: THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF/ THE HEROES/ OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FOUGHT AND FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914–1918. A plaque at the base of the plinth is inscribed: WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. 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.

Selected Sources

War Memorials Online, accessed 08/12/2015 from
War Memorials Register, accessed 14/12/2016 from
Ditcheat, Somerset and West of England Advertiser, Friday 29 November 1918

National Grid Reference: ST6251236328


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