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HER Number:MDV104752
Name:First World War Memorial Clock, Exbourne


Church tower clock in memory of the fallen of the First World War.


Grid Reference:SS 602 019
Map Sheet:SS60SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExbourne
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishEXBOURNE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WAR MEMORIAL (World War I - 1914 AD to 1918 AD (Between))

Full description

Walls, S., 2010, The Materiality of Remembrance: Twentieth Century War Memorials in Devon, EXB02 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV355902.

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

War Memorials Trust, 2013, Untitled Source, WM2332; Photo (Website). SDV351942.

A memorial clock situated in the tower of St Mary the Virgin. The clock was made by Smith of Derby in 1923 and the company has regularly maintained it ever since. It had always been wound by hand by lifting very heavy weights once a week. However, one week, the weights broke through the base of their wooden enclosure into the bell ringers’ chamber. War Memorials Trust gave a grant of £2,445 to install an autowinding mechanism which would be safer to operate.
The clock is in memory of those who died in World War 1 and was paid for by public subscription.
Inside the tower is a brass plaque with the inscription:

'The clock in this tower
and the cross were erected in memory of those who lost their lives in the Great War 1914 - 1918'

Imperial War Museum, 2014, War Memorials Archive, 26017 (Website). SDV356253.

Clock and bells with dedicatory brass plaque. Incised inscription in black lettering.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #64220 ]
SDV351942Website: War Memorials Trust. 2013. http://www.learnaboutwarmemorials.org. Website. WM2332; Photo.
SDV355902Post-Graduate Thesis: Walls, S.. 2010. The Materiality of Remembrance: Twentieth Century War Memorials in Devon. University of Exeter. Digital. EXB02.
SDV356253Website: Imperial War Museum. 2014. War Memorials Archive. www.ukniwm.org.uk. Website. 26017.

Associated Monuments

MDV1095Part of: St. Mary's Parish Church, Exbourne (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 15 2014 11:47AM