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Warkleigh War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Satterleigh and Warkleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9823 / 50°58'56"N

Longitude: -3.9206 / 3°55'14"W

OS Eastings: 265275

OS Northings: 122080

OS Grid: SS652220

Mapcode National: GBR KX.LJKP

Mapcode Global: FRA 26PJ.0DL

Plus Code: 9C2RX3JH+WP

Entry Name: Warkleigh War Memorial

Listing Date: 4 June 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1464211

ID on this website: 101464211

Location: North Devon, EX37

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Satterleigh and Warkleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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War memorial cross, 1924.


War memorial cross, 1924.

MATERIALS: the memorial is constructed from roughly-hewn Dartmoor grey granite.

PLAN: it stands on a fork on the road running north-south between Chittlehamholt and Warkleigh.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a plain, tapering Latin cross standing on a small, square plinth. The main inscription is in raised lettering on a polished panel at the base of the cross shaft. It reads: ‘IN PROUD MEMORY / OF THE MEN / OF WARKLEIGH / WHO GAVE / THEIR LIVES / IN THE / GREAT WAR / IN THE CAUSE / OF JUSTICE / AND FREEDOM / 1914–1919’. The names of the eight First World War fallen are listed in two columns of raised lettering on the front of the plinth, beneath which is the additional inscription ‘1939–1945’, followed by two 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 the official policy of not repatriating the dead; memorials, therefore, provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Warkleigh as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the eight members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. A newspaper article attributes the erection of the memorial to the untiring efforts of the local Rector, W Vincent Jephson, MA, and notes an impressive unveiling, on 31 August 1924.

The names of the two parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Warkleigh War Memorial, 1924, 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 simple but striking memorial, well-executed in durable granite.

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