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HER Number:MDV103099
Name:Princetown War Memorial


War memorial comprising a granite cross on a four-tiered plinth bearing the names of those who died in the first and second World Wars. Listed in 2019.


Grid Reference:SX 259 073
Map Sheet:SX20NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WAR MEMORIAL (Constructed, Early 20th Century - 1921 AD to 1921 AD)

Full description

Watts, S., 02/11/2012, Princetown War Memorial (Photograph). SDV351178.

Granite war memorial on triangular area of grass off Tavistock Road set within an octagonal cobbled area with a granite post and chain fence. Comprises a granite cross on a four tiered plinth bearing the names of those who were killed during the First and Second World Wars. The top two tiers are square, the lower two octangonal.

Barber, C., 1995, Princetown of Yesteryear Part I, 22 (Monograph). SDV359850.

Images of the memorial, including the opening ceremony.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

First World War memorial cross, unveiled 1921, with later additions.
MATERIALS: constructed from Dartmoor granite.
PLAN: the memorial stands on the south side of Tavistock Road, 32m south-east of the Church of St Michael (Grade II*-listed).
DESCRIPTION: it takes the form of a 3.5m tall cross with chamfered edges, stopped towards the foot of the shaft. The cross stands on a two-stage plinth, square on plan. The plinth is raised on a two-stepped, octagonal, base.
The principal dedicatory inscription, in applied metal lettering, to the front (north) face of the upper stage of the plinth reads ‘IN PROUD, GRATEFUL, AND / HONOURED MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THIS PARISH / OF PRINCETOWN, WHO GAVE / THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE / OF THEIR COUNTRY DURING / THE GREAT WAR, 1914 – 1918’. The south face in inscribed "THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE". The 33 names of the fallen are listed on the other sides of the plinth.
The First World War names are listed on faces of the base below. The Second World War inscription, to the front face of the upper step of the base, reads ‘1939 - 1945’ followed by four names, and on the tread of the step below, the most recent inscription reads ‘2001 – 2014’ followed by one name.
The memorial is surrounded by a granite cobble pavement, octagonal on plan, with eight low pyramidal corner posts, also in granite, carrying a chain.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #62588 ]
SDV351178Photograph: Watts, S.. 02/11/2012. Princetown War Memorial. Photograph (Digital).
SDV359850Monograph: Barber, C.. 1995. Princetown of Yesteryear Part I. Princetown of Yesteryear Part I. Paperback Volume. 22.
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV117224Related to: Former Post Office, Princetown (Building)
MDV134762Related to: K6 telephone box opposite war memorial, Princetown (Building)
MDV117223Related to: The Imperial Hotel, Princetown (Building)
MDV114802Related to: The Post Office, Princetown (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 19 2024 1:20PM