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Frithelstock War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Frithelstock, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9543 / 50°57'15"N

Longitude: -4.1879 / 4°11'16"W

OS Eastings: 246423

OS Northings: 119489

OS Grid: SS464194

Mapcode National: GBR KK.N2XF

Mapcode Global: FRA 263L.B87

Plus Code: 9C2QXR36+PR

Entry Name: Frithelstock War Memorial

Listing Date: 13 July 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1436269

ID on this website: 101436269

Location: Frithelstock, Torridge, Devon, EX38

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Frithelstock

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Frithelstock

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.


MATERIALS: Granite memorial cross.

DESCRIPTION: Frithelstock War Memorial is located on the village green opposite the Grade I-listed Church of St Mary and St Gregory and the scheduled and Grade I-listed Ruins of Priory Church (Frithelstock Priory). It consists of a three stepped, square, base surmounted by a rough-hewn granite plinth and plain Latin cross.

The memorial is dedicated to those local men who served during the First and Second World Wars and the painted and leaded inscriptions appear on the plinth and first step of the base. The principal dedicatory inscription reads IN MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ (7 NAMES) and on the base WORLD WAR/ 1939 - 1945/ (1 NAME). Lists of names of those who served in the First World War and returned are recorded on either side of the plinth under the heading ROLL OF HONOUR.

To the front of the memorial five granite steps lead up from the road, with rubble stone retaining walls supporting metal handrails. These features are not of special interest.

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.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. One such memorial was raised at Frithelstock as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. It commemorates seven local servicemen who died during the First World War. Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the one man who died in that conflict. Those who served in the First World War and returned are also commemorated.

In 2013 a project was undertaken to improve accessibility to the memorial with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust. This included building a rake of steps with handrails leading up to the memorial from road level.

Reasons for Listing

Frithelstock War Memorial, which stands on the green, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Group value: with the Grade I-listed church of St Mary and St Gregory and the scheduled and Grade I-listed Ruins of Priory Church (Frithelstock Priory).

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