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Bishops Tawton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Bishop's Tawton, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0526 / 51°3'9"N

Longitude: -4.0474 / 4°2'50"W

OS Eastings: 256593

OS Northings: 130130

OS Grid: SS565301

Mapcode National: GBR KR.FVX7

Mapcode Global: FRA 26DB.R00

Entry Name: Bishops Tawton War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439596

Location: Bishop's Tawton, North Devon, Devon, EX32

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Bishop's Tawton

Locality: Bishop's Tawton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bishops Tawton

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Summary

A war memorial cross of 1920 date.

Description

A war memorial cross of 1920 date.

MATERIALS: of dressed Cornish granite.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial has a three-stepped square base surmounted by a tapering shaft and wheel cross. The front face of the cross has a carved Celtic design with bosses to each end of the arms and to the centre. There are inscriptions to bronze plaques attached to three faces of the bottom step: Face One: IN PROUD AND HONOURED/ MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING MEN/ OF THIS PARISH WHO/ MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1919/ (NAMES). Face Two: IN PROUD AND HONOURED/ MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING MEN/ OF THIS PARISH WHO/ MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES). Face Three: THESE ALSO SERVED: (NAMES).

History

The war memorial to members of Bishops Tawton Parish who fell in the First World War was unveiled and dedicated by the Revd. P.L. Nicholas on Sunday 5 September 1920. The cross was designed as an exact replica of St Martin’s Cross, Iona, Scotland. Further inscribed plaques, with names, were added in 1922 and after 1945.

Reasons for Listing

Bishops Tawton 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: a well-crafted cross design in dressed granite, a replica of St Martin’s Cross, Iona, Scotland;
*Degree of survival: the structure is unaltered.

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