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Padstow War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Padstow, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.5473 / 50°32'50"N

Longitude: -4.935 / 4°56'6"W

OS Eastings: 192158

OS Northings: 76060

OS Grid: SW921760

Mapcode National: GBR ZM.YNXM

Mapcode Global: FRA 07KM.76S

Entry Name: Padstow War Memorial

Listing Date: 26 November 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1430675

Location: Padstow, Cornwall, PL28

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Padstow

Built-Up Area: Padstow

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Padstow

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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First World War Memorial with later additions for the Second World War.


The memorial, of rough-hewn granite, consists of a Celtic cross set on a tapering square column both decorated with a carved Celtic pattern, which rises from a square plinth that sits on a three-stepped square base. Carved in relief on the front face of the column is the inscription 1914 – 1919, accompanied by a wreath carved in relief.

The front face of the plinth reads TO / THE GLORY OF GOD, / IN HONOURED MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF PADSTOW, / WHOSE NAMES ARE RECORDED HEREON / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR / ALSO / IN GRATEFUL APPRECIATION / OF THE SERVICES / OF THOSE WHO RETURNED. The names of those who served in the First and Second World Wars are inscribed on the other three sides of the plinth. These inscriptions are carved in relief and painted with black enamel paint.


The memorial was designed by TH Northam and carved by monumental masons Freeman and Sons. The land on which the memorial was built was donated by the Prideaux-Brune family, who themselves lost a son in the First World War. It was unveiled on 27 September 1922 by Mrs Prideaux-Brune, Mrs Bate, Miss Mitchell and Miss Miller, and was dedicated by the Rev TH Skinner. Conservation and repair work was carried out in 2014, funded by War Memorials Trust, included cleaning the stonework, repointing open joints and repainting the inscription.

Reasons for Listing

Padstow War Memorial, which stands at St Saviour's Point, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reason:
* 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;
* Design: a more than usually elaborate Celtic cross.

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