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Callington War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Callington, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.5033 / 50°30'12"N

Longitude: -4.3157 / 4°18'56"W

OS Eastings: 235881

OS Northings: 69621

OS Grid: SX358696

Mapcode National: GBR NN.KM95

Mapcode Global: FRA 17VQ.NHW

Plus Code: 9C2QGM3M+8P

Entry Name: Callington War Memorial

Listing Date: 16 January 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442248

Also known as: Men Of Callington Parish war memorial

ID on this website: 101442248

Location: Callington, Cornwall, PL17

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Callington

Built-Up Area: Callington

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Callington

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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A First World War memorial, erected in 1921, altered after the Second World War.


A First World War memorial, erected in 1921, altered after the Second World War.

MATERIALS: granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of a Celtic wheel cross with interlace details, on a tapering, rough-faced shaft. The shaft stands directly on a three-stepped base which carries inscriptions in black lettering: TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN UNDYING MEMORY OF THE / FOLLOWING MEN FROM THIS
PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY / IN THE / GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919; followed by the names of those who lost their lives. An area of granite paving approached by two steps surrounds the memorial. At the foot of the memorial, on the granite paving, lies a stone tablet carved in the shape of a scroll, inscribed with the dates 1939-1945 and the names of the men of Callington who died during the Second World War.

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, 22 February 2017.


The memorial was erected after the First World War, as part of the great wave of commemoration of the sacrifice made by the fallen from communities across the country. The form of the memorial, a Cornish granite cross, was decided upon at a public meeting in February 1919. After some discussion among the subscribers, it was set up in 1921 a prominent position at the roadside next to the entrance to the village churchyard, on land given by St Mary’s Church. After the Second World War, the names of the soldiers of the parish who died in that conflict were added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

War Memorial Callington 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 sombre but elegant memorial, well made and with good inscriptions;
* Group value: with the Grade I listed Church of St Mary.

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