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Brentor War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Brentor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6129 / 50°36'46"N

Longitude: -4.148 / 4°8'52"W

OS Eastings: 248121

OS Northings: 81441

OS Grid: SX481814

Mapcode National: GBR NW.BNCV

Mapcode Global: FRA 276G.1TP

Plus Code: 9C2QJV72+4Q

Entry Name: Brentor War Memorial

Listing Date: 15 August 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1448450

ID on this website: 101448450

Location: North Brentor, West Devon, PL19

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Brentor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Tagged with: War memorial


First World War memorial, unveiled 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.


The granite memorial stands in the road junction at the centre of North Brentor, facing Christ Church (Grade II-listed) which stands c120m to the south-east. It takes the form of a slim Latin cross, hexagonal in section, rising from a small pedestal. The pedestal stands on a deep two-stepped base, each step having a narrow cornice for the laying of wreaths and floral tributes.

The principal dedicatory inscription is recorded on a cast bronze plaque on the south-east facing side of the pedestal. It reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ & IN UNDYING MEMORY OF/ BRAVE MEN WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR US/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918. The commemorated First World War names are listed on similar plaques to either side of the pedestal, whilst the later Second World War name is recorded in applied metal lettering on the north-west face.

A small timber bench stands against the south-east side of the memorial.


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. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at North Brentor as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 18 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial was unveiled in October 1920 by Brigadier-General FA Dudgeon CB, at an ecumenical service led by the Vicar, Reverend ARO Apps, with the United Methodists’ Minister Reverend WH Tubb. Following the Second World War the name of one sailor who died in that conflict was added to the memorial. As this name is not recorded on the Roll of Honour in the church, the cross is the only place where that casualty is publicly commemorated.

Reasons for Listing

Brentor War Memorial, which stands in North Brentor, 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 made in the conflicts of the C20;
Architectural interest: 
*     As a simple yet elegant Latin cross in granite;

Group value:
*     With Christ Church (Grade II-listed).

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