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HER Number:MDV104135
Name:Lifton War Memorial


Memorial to the fallen of World War I.


Grid Reference:SX 386 850
Map Sheet:SX38NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLifton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLIFTON

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

Google, 2013, Google Streetview (Website). SDV350787.

Granite cross on a stepped octagonal pedestal visible.

War Memorials Trust, 2013, Untitled Source, WM2859; Photo (Website). SDV351942.

This war memorial consists of a Latin cross, situated in the village churchyard. The memorial commemorates the fallen of the First World War.

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

1914-1918 War Memorial.

Historic England, 2017, Lifton War Memorial, The churchyard, St Mary's Church, Parsonage Court, Lifton, Devon (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV360579.

Notification that the memorial has been added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

Historic England, 2017, National Heritage List for England, 1449703 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359963.

Lifton War Memorial
Summary of Building
First World War memorial granite cross, unveiled 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.
Reasons for Designation
Lifton War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard, 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 sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.     
Architectural interest:
*     A simple yet imposing war memorial cross in granite, based on a noted wayside cross on Dartmoor (the Meavy Cross, Grade II-listed).
Group value:
* With the Church of St Mary (Grade I-listed).
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 Lifton as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 15 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The parishioners had decided in July 1919 that a granite memorial cross be erected in the churchyard. This was produced by JT Miller, monumental sculptor of Okehampton, in the manner of the Meavy cross (c25km to the south-east), and unveiled on 5 February 1920. During a well-attended ecumenical service, the cross was dedicated by Reverend J French. Following the Second World War six further names were added.
The c5m tall granite memorial stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary (Grade I-listed), overlooking Parsonage Court. It takes the form of a plain Latin cross, octagonal in plan, standing on a four-stepped octagonal base.
The principal dedicatory inscription begins on the front face of the upper step of the base, reading TO/ THE/ GLORY/ OF/ GOD and continuing on the step below AND IN HONOURED/ MEMORY OF THE MEN OF/ LIFTON/ WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918. The commemorated names are listed on faces of the step below this, whilst the Second World War inscription is on the front face of the lowest step, reading 1939 – 1945/ (6 NAMES). All the inscriptions are in applied metal lettering.
Date first listed: 19th October 2017
This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 22 November 2017.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350787Website: Google. 2013. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website. [Mapped feature: #1691 ]
SDV351333Website: Brine, M. E.. 2013. War Memorials. http://www.devonheritage.org/WarMemorials.htm. Website. Photo.
SDV351942Website: War Memorials Trust. 2013. http://www.learnaboutwarmemorials.org. Website. WM2859; Photo.
SDV359963National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2017. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1449703.
SDV360579List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Historic England. 2017. Lifton War Memorial, The churchyard, St Mary's Church, Parsonage Court, Lifton, Devon. Notification of Addition to List. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 23 2017 12:04PM