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Ugborough War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Ugborough, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.3866 / 50°23'11"N

Longitude: -3.8617 / 3°51'42"W

OS Eastings: 267748

OS Northings: 55737

OS Grid: SX677557

Mapcode National: GBR QB.C3RP

Mapcode Global: FRA 28S0.Z82

Entry Name: Ugborough War Memorial

Listing Date: 28 February 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1462724

Location: Ugborough, South Hams, Devon, PL21

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: Ugborough

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Summary


A First World War memorial dating from 1921, subsequently altered to commemorate the Second World War.

Description

A First World War memorial dating from 1921, subsequently altered to commemorate the Second World War.

MATERIALS AND PLAN: the memorial is constructed of pale grey granite and it stands adjacent to the Church of St Peter, where it forms part of the churchyard's boundary wall.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a plain Latin cross with a tapering shaft on a small square pedestal with a two-stepped octagonal base. The plaque bearing the names of the fallen is built into the churchyard wall below.

The main inscription in leaded is on the north face on the plinth and reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ IN MEMORY OF/ THE MEN WHO DIED IN THE/ GREAT WAR, 1914 - 1918/ WHOSE NAMES ARE INSCRIBED BENEATH./ -/ THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED BY THE/ INHABITANTS OF UGBOROUGH PARISH.

On the lower step of the base is inscribed: ERECTED DEC.1921. The names of the fallen are inscribed on the plaque set into the wall beneath. An additional plaque added beneath reads: 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES).

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever, with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. 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. The memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Ugborough 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 erected by Mr F Horn and the cost was met by public subscription. It was unveiled on Sunday 18 December 1921.

The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War were added to the memorial following that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Ugborough War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* the memorial is an imposing stone cross of good design, neatly made and well-proportioned.

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact on the local community of the events of the First World War.

Group value:

* it has strong group value with the adjacent Church of St Peter (Grade I).

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