Battle of Sedgmoor monument
Type War Memorial
A small rough hewn granite headstone with rounded head and metal plaque commemorating the last battle on English soil. Surrounded on four corners of the plot by a staddlestone with inscriptions and dates of other famous and historic battles. The whole surrounded by a low metal fence and an entry gate. The monument overlooks the desolate Levels where the battle took place.
In 1927 the plot for the memorial was given to the town by Oliver Reed. The four staddlestones were added to site in 1929 and came from Yeabridge Farm, SouthPetherton. The word 'gave' on the inscription has been challenged and is said to be a mistake by the engraver: the word should have been 'saw'. After the defeat Monmouth was executed at Tower Hill (July 15th) and James II took his revenge on the West Country survivors: many were hanged as a result of the Bloody Assizes conducted by the infamous Judge Jeffreys. Many were also transported and, finally, Jeffreys was himself also died in the Tower of London in 1689.
Commemorating the Battle of Sedgemoor July 6th 1685 when the Monmouth Rebellion was crushed.
On plaque, written by Major M.F. Cely-Trevilian :IN MEMORY OF ALL THOSE WHO/DOING THE RIGHT AS THEY GAVE IT/FELL IN THE BATTLE OF SEDGEMOOR/6TH JULY 1685/AND LIE BURIED IN THIS FIELD/OR, WHO FOR THEIR SHARE IN THIS FIGHT/SUFFERED DEATH/PUNISHMENT OR TRANSPORTATION/
On the staddlestones: 1) 1600 - SEDGEMOOR - 1685 2) 1900 - GREAT WAR - 1914-1918 - 2ND WW 1939 - 1945 3) 1800 - TRAFALGAR - 1805 - WATERLOO - 1815 4) 1700 - PLASSY - 1757 QUEBEC - 1759
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