War Memorial, Church of St Nicholas, Kittisford


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Churchyard of the Church of St Nicholas, Kittisford, Wellington, TA21 0SA


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Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Nicholas, Kittisford, Wellington, TA21 0SA

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Taunton Deane (District Authority)
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First World War memorial, erected 1920.

Reasons for Designation

The war memorial in the churchyard of the Church of St Nicholas, Kittisford 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 First World War; * Design interest: as a simple, yet dignified war memorial in the form of a Latin cross; * Group value: with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Nicholas.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of war memorials erected across England. One such memorial was erected in the churchyard of the Church of St Nicholas in Kittisford in 1920 to commemorate the three local men from the parish who lost their lives during the conflict.


First World War memorial, erected 1920.

DESCRIPTION: it is carved from granite and takes the form of a rough-hewn Latin cross set upon a three-stepped base. Carved into the front (W) face of the upper step is the inscription TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND / IN HONOURED MEMORY OF / THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR. The middle step is inscribed 1914-1919. / (NAMES). There is a further inscription to the lower step which is weathered and reads (Imperial War Museum, see Sources) RIP / WE COMMIT THE KEEPING OF THEIR SOULS / TO HIM AS UNTO A FAITHFUL CREATOR / THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED BY THE RECTOR AND / PARISHIONERS OF KITTISFORD 1920.

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, 23 November 2017.


18190 War memorial, Churchyard of St Nicholas, Kittisford, Stawley, accessed 30 November 2016 from http://www.somersetheritage.org.uk/
War Memorials Online, accessed 23 November 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/253366
War Memorials Register, accessed 30 November 2016 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/25009


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

The listed building(s) is/are shown coloured blue on the attached map. Pursuant to s.1 (5A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (‘the Act’), structures attached to or within the curtilage of the listed building (save those coloured blue on the map) are not to be treated as part of the listed building for the purposes of the Act.

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