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HER Number:MDV114897
Name:Obelisk in French Cemetery, Princetown Prison


Memorial erected 1866-8, commemorating the French soldiers who died at Dartmoor Prison, where they were held as prisoners of war during the Napoleonic Wars of 1809-1816.


Grid Reference:SX 587 742
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBELISK (XIX - 1866 AD to 1868 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Obelisk' is depicted on the late 19th century historic map in the cemetery.

Joy, R., 2002, Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History Volume 2 The Convict Prison 1850-Present Day At Her Majesty's Pleasure, 43, photograph (Monograph). SDV359843.

The inscription on the obelisk reads: 'In Memory of the French prisoners of war who died between the years 1809 and 1814 and lie buried here. Dulce at decorum est pro patria mori. (It is sweet and glorious to die for one's country).' Unfortunately the dates on the obelisk are wrong; the French obelisk should read 1809 and 1816. The cutting and installation of the obelisks was carried out by convicts, organised by Governor Stopford, in whose honour one of the fields on the estate is named.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Shown on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #74224 ]
SDV359843Monograph: Joy, R.. 2002. Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History Volume 2 The Convict Prison 1850-Present Day At Her Majesty's Pleasure. Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History. 2. Hardback Volume. 43, photograph.

Associated Monuments

MDV51415Part of: French cemetery, Princetown prison (Monument)
MDV114896Related to: Obelisk in American Cemetery, Princetown Prison (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 8 2016 11:12AM