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Bishops Lydeard

Town or City: Taunton
County: Somerset
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM5130

Value of grant: £367.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: Small Grants Scheme
Year: 2012

UKNIWM reference number: 24894

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This war memorial consists of a tall octagonal Latin cross surmounting an octagonal plinth and three stepped base. The memorial is constructed of Ham Hill stone, and has bronze plaques across the plinth which bear the names of the men from the Parish who served during World War I and World War II.

Bishops Lydeard memorial cross © Joanna Lewin-Harris, 2011In 2012, War Memorials Trust offered a grant of £367.00 towards repairs to the war memorial which included two indent repairs to the steps using a Ham Hill Stone to match the stone of the memorial and mortar repairs to the shaft and to sections of the plinth and steps of the memorial. Joints with missing, loose or defective mortar were re-pointed using an appropriate lime mortar Bishops Lydeard memorial cross © Joanna Lewin-Harris, 2012mix. Re-pointing joints and repairing water-traps in the stone’s surface are very important on the approach to the colder months to prevent water from sitting in the holes or gaps in the stone then freezing and expanding which leads to the fracturing or blowing of the stone.

The bronze plaques were waxed using a micro-crystalline wax for a protective coating and were marked with SmartWater solution as part of the In Memoriam 2014 project.

The memorial was unveiled by Lieutenant Colonel Hartley Maud on 23 January 1921 and dedicated by the Bishop of Bath and Wells, Bishops Kennior. It was paid for by public subscription, with Colonel Boles and Captain Benson offering to fund the difference between the sum raised by subscription and the total cost.

Bishops Lydeard memorial cross © Joanna Lewin-Harris, 2012The dedicatory inscription reads:

In glorious
memory of those
of this Parish
who gave their
lives for their
King and Country

1914 – 1918 

1939 - 1945

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM5130
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 24894

War Memorials Online www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/124582

If you have a concern about this memorial please contact the Trust on conservation@warmemorials.org

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