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Plympton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Plympton Erle, City of Plymouth

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.3841 / 50°23'2"N

Longitude: -4.0484 / 4°2'54"W

OS Eastings: 254470

OS Northings: 55809

OS Grid: SX544558

Mapcode National: GBR Q0.T9XZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 28D1.4MX

Entry Name: Plympton War Memorial

Location: Plymouth, PL7

County: City of Plymouth

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Locality: Plympton Erle

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Listing Date: 6 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439366

Summary

A parish war memorial, unveiled in May 1924 and designed by the Rector of St Maurice, Revd. CE Seccombe. Of Cornish granite, the monument takes the form of an obelisk on a plinth which rises above a platform of two steps.

Description

A parish war memorial, unveiled in May 1924 and designed by the rector of St Maurice, Revd. CE Seccombe.

MATERIALS and PLAN: of grey, Cornish granite, the monument takes the form of an obelisk on a plinth which rises above a platform of two steps.

The monument is placed to the north-west of the parish church of St Maurice (Grade II*) and to the north of the motte of the ruined Plympton Castle (Grade II*). The obelisk is formed of three blocks of granite with a cross in relief to the top of the east and west fronts and laurel wreaths to the north and south fronts. The east front bears an inscription in inset lead lettering, which reads: ‘IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF / PLYMPTON ST. MAURICE. / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR / FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE, / 1914 – 1918. / “THEY SHALL BE HAD IN EVERLASTING REMEMBRANCE.”. On the west front is inscribed: ‘IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF / PLYMPTON ST MAURICE / WHO DIED FOR THEIR FELLOW-MEN IN THE WAR. / 1939 – 1945. / “GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS.”

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 22 February 2017.

History

The memorial was designed by the rector of St Maurice, Revd. CE Seccombe and was unveiled on 7 May 1924. It was altered to include the names of the fallen from the Second World War after 1945.

Reasons for Listing

Plympton War Memorial, Devon 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 conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: as an accomplished and well-realised war memorial, which takes the form of an obelisk on a stepped platform;
* Group value: with the Remains of Plympton Castle (listed at Grade II* and a scheduled monument) and the Church of St Maurice, Plympton (Grade II*).

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