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Meavy War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Meavy, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.4863 / 50°29'10"N

Longitude: -4.0584 / 4°3'30"W

OS Eastings: 254068

OS Northings: 67187

OS Grid: SX540671

Mapcode National: GBR Q0.LTL6

Mapcode Global: FRA 27DS.0Q1

Plus Code: 9C2QFWPR+GJ

Entry Name: Meavy War Memorial

Listing Date: 15 July 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1426961

Location: Meavy, West Devon, Devon, PL20

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Meavy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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Summary


Granite war memorial, unveiled in 1920.

Description

War memorial, 1920.
MATERIAL: Granite, with metal lettering.
DESCRIPTION: the memorial is of roughly-hewn granite in the form of a headstone. On the eastern face of the memorial, beneath the dates of the First and Second World War is the following inscription ‘All ye who pass this way remember with gratitude those who gave their lives in the Great Wars’ followed by the names, ranks and regiments of the First World War dead, and ‘Behold this stone, set up beneath an oak by the sanctuary of the Lord, shall be a witness. / Joshua XXIV.26.27. / 11 Nov. 1920’.


This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 8 December 2016.

History

The war memorial was unveiled on 11 November 1920 to commemorate the four men of the parish of Meavy who fell in the First World War. The inscription was adapted later to commemorate the Second World War, with the dates of that war being added, and the letters were repainted in 1992. The memorial is situated on Meavy village green, beneath an oak tree. The railings surrounding the memorial are thought to be a later addition. At the west end of the green is the village cross, and to the north is the Church of St Peter, and the Royal Oak Inn.

Reasons for Listing

Meavy war memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: for its bold and simple design, taking the form of a headstone in roughly hewn granite, with a striking inscription;
* Group value: with the nearby village cross, as well as the church of St Peter, listed at Grade I, with numerous listed monuments standing within the churchyard, and other nearby listed buildings.

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