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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Battle of Sedgmoor monument

Summary

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.

Inscriptions

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/ PRO PATRIA 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

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Caroe, W.D. Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Monuments Cornish granite None
Plinths Cornish granite None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
SO34 LM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
  • Biological growth
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Monmouth Road then Drove
Precise location Footpath left side of church leads to Monmouth road, then right to Drove road, then follow signs
A-Z ref None
OS ref ST355357
Date of design 1928
Year of unveiling c1928
Unveiling details c1928
Commissioned by Miss Elizabeth Winter of Chedzoy and public subscription
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? Not at risk

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