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HER Number:MDV104039
Name:Ashwater War Memorial


Memorial to the fallen of both World Wars.


Grid Reference:SX 385 952
Map Sheet:SX39NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAshwater
Ecclesiastical ParishASHWATER

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WAR MEMORIAL (World War I to XX - 1914 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

'War Meml' marked.

Brine, M. E., 2013, War Memorials, Photo (Website). SDV351333.

War memorial for both wars.
Photo shows a Celtic cross mounted on a stone plinth.

Historic England, 2017, Ashwater War Memorial Cross, The Village Green, Ashwater (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV360066.

Decision made to add Ashwater War Memorial Cross to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

Ashwater War Memorial, which stands on the village green, is recommended for listing 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 has made in the conflicts of the C20;
Architectural interest: an intricately ornamented granite memorial cross in the Celtic style;
Group value: with the Church of St Peter (Grade I), Bell Tower Cottage (Grade II*), and Grade II-listed
buildings around the village green.

Historic England, 2017, Ashwater War Memorial, Torridge (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV360036.

Ashwater War Memorial is being assessed for listing as part of Historic England's First World
War Commemoration project.

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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Ashwater 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 village war memorial committee had begun canvassing residents for subscriptions by the Summer of 1919. The cross had been delivered by September 1920, to be erected on the village green. The memorial commemorates 12 local servicemen who died in the First World War. Following the Second World War the details of four men who died in that conflict were added.

The memorial stands on the village green, in close proximity to a number of listed buildings including the Church of St Peter (Grade I). The memorial takes the form of a tall granite wheel-head cross. The front face of the cross is ornamented with interlace patterns and spirals carved in low relief. The cross shaft rises from a tapering plinth, which stands on a low step. The memorial is enclosed by railings that are hung from four tall granite posts.

The principal dedicatory inscription on the front face of the plinth reads IN HONOUR OF ALL ASHWATER MEN/ WHO FOUGHT IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING/ WHO FELL FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ (12 NAMES). On the rear face of the plinth the later inscription reads ALSO IN HONOURED MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO PAID THE SUPREME/ SACRIFICE IN THE 1939-1945 WAR/ (4 NAMES)/ GRANT UNTO THEM ETERNAL REST.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #63512 ]
SDV351333Website: Brine, M. E.. 2013. War Memorials. http://www.devonheritage.org/WarMemorials.htm. Website. Photo.
SDV360036List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Historic England. 2017. Ashwater War Memorial, Torridge. Assess Building for Designation. Digital.
SDV360066List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Historic England. 2017. Ashwater War Memorial Cross, The Village Green, Ashwater. Additions and Amendments to Checklist. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 20 2017 5:02PM