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HER Number:MDV72645
Name:War Memorial, Tavistock


The Tavistock war memorial, erected in 1921, consists of a granite cross on a stepped base surrounded by a raised 12-sided plinth. A stone tablet against the steps bears additional names.


Grid Reference:SX 482 743
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WAR MEMORIAL (Early, XX - 1921 AD to 1921 AD)

Full description

Passmore, A. J., 2006, Archaeological Evaluation of the Proposed Relocation of the Tavistock War Memorial, Tavistock, Devon, 1 (Report - Evaluation). SDV336030.

The Tavistock war memorial consists of a granite cross on a stepped base surrounded by a raised 12-sided plinth. It is proposed to move the memorial from its current location in the car park outside the magistrates court to the graveyard of St. Eustachius.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2007, Tavistock (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV338863.

War memorial, 1921 by Messrs Rogers, constructed of light grey granite with black lettering.
Plan: It has a square three stepped base with a tapering square plinth, rising to an octagonal shaft, topped by a clover leaf cross. In the southwest a scrolled tablet of additional names leans on the steps. The whole is set within a polygonal stone fenced grass enclosure.
Elevation: The circular centre of the cross bears the logo IHS in Gothic script on the south western face. The plinth also bears the text; 'I stand/ To bear proud witness to these men of Tavistock/ who died in England in the Great War/1914 -1918.' The names of 119 men are inscribed upon the plinth and top step. The stone tablet, set against the steps at the southwest bears following text; `In memoriam 1939 to 45 / Also to those who made the supreme sacrifice during the Second World War', and the names of a further 40 men. The whole is set within a small grassed polygonal enclosure with a low fence of granite obelisks linked by chamfered kerbstones and a single strand of loose black metal chain. Immediately opposite the entrance to the enclosure, on the southwest, is a plain light grey granite plaque with black lettering, bearing the text; `lest we forget.'
History: The war memorial was erected in 1921, by public subscription at a cost of £450. The list was declared closed in 1923, and the World War II section was added in the late 1940s.
Summary of importance: War memorials are valued because of their continued relevance to society. This example is elegant and sympathetic to its surroundings and contributes to the character of the town's Conservation area.

West Devon Borough Council, 2009, Tavistock Conservation Area Management Plan, 11, 37-38 (Report - non-specific). SDV351411.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336030Report - Evaluation: Passmore, A. J.. 2006. Archaeological Evaluation of the Proposed Relocation of the Tavistock War Memorial, Tavistock, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.01. A4 stapled + Digital. 1.
SDV338863List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2007. Tavistock. Amendment to List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interes. Letter.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #100082 ]
SDV351411Report - non-specific: West Devon Borough Council. 2009. Tavistock Conservation Area Management Plan. West Devon Borough Council Report. a4 Stapled + Digital. 11, 37-38.

Associated Monuments

MDV67441Related to: St. Eustachius Churchyard, Tavistock (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 14 2013 8:30AM