MSO10315 - War Memorial, Dunster Steep, Porlock (Building)


A small sandstone war memorial cross recording the names of 25 soldiers who died during World War One and 13 soldiers who died during World War Two.

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A war memorial in the form of a sandstone floriated cross. The cross has an octagonal shaft, square plinth and an octagonal four-stepped base. The names of the fallen are on a broad tablet mounted on the front of the base. 25 of the parish died in World War One and 13 in World War Two. [1] Being a country area and free from bombing, most people fared well in Porlock, although, sad to say, many families lost loved ones as a result of the war. The memorial to the fallen of the First War was erected in 1921. A cross of Doulton stone recorded 24 Porlock men killed. After the Second War the plaque was recarved and the lettering made smaller so that 13 more names could be added. [2] The memorial is similar in form to the churchyard cross but with a large inscription tablet listing the names of the fallen from both World Wars. [3] The site is depicted and labelled "War Meml" on the 2022 MasterMap data. [4] The feature is labelled "War Memorial" on the 6 inch 3rd Edition Ordnance Survey map. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Website: Imperial War Museum. United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials. 1420.
  • <2> Monograph: Corner, Dennis. 1992. Porlock in Those Days. Exmoor Books. 72.
  • <3> Report: Pratt, N.. 2013. Porlock Conservation Area: Appraisal Document. Exmoor National Park Authority. 57, Figure 71.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2022. MasterMap data. 1:2,500.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1903-1949. County Series; 3rd Edition (2nd Revision) 6 Inch Map. 1:10560.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18474



Grid reference Centred SS 8889 4684 (8m by 9m)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Sep 28 2022 9:35AM


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