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Weare Giffard War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Weare Giffard, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9782 / 50°58'41"N

Longitude: -4.1844 / 4°11'3"W

OS Eastings: 246746

OS Northings: 122136

OS Grid: SS467221

Mapcode National: GBR KK.LPRK

Mapcode Global: FRA 263J.KLT

Plus Code: 9C2QXRH8+76

Entry Name: Weare Giffard War Memorial

Listing Date: 28 September 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1459651

Location: Weare Giffard, Torridge, Devon, EX39

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Weare Giffard

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Tagged with: War memorial


First World War memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.


First World War memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.

MATERIALS: granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands beside the gateway to the churchyard, close to the Church of the Holy Trinity (Grade I) and a short distance from the Humphreys monument (Grade II). The memorial comprises a wheel-head cross with a rough-hewn tapering shaft on a square tapering pedestal atop a substantial stone platform. The memorial is carved from pale grey granite.

The main inscription in leaded lettering reads: (south face) FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ 1914 – 1918/ 1939 – 1945/ (1 NAME), (west face) (6 NAMES), (east face) (5 NAMES).


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 Weare Giffard as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 2 October 1921 by Lieutenant-Colonel M T Phelps.

The name of one parishioner who fell during the Second World War was subsequently added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Weare Giffard War Memorial, which stands beside the gateway to the churchyard, close to the Church of the Holy Trinity, 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 sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as a well-executed and elegant small granite wheel-head cross.

Group value:

* with the Church of the Holy Trinity (Grade I) and Humphreys monument (Grade II).

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