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HER Number:MDV84092
Name:Cofton World War I Memorial Cross


Granite cross in St Mary's churchyard at Cofton, in memory of the 11 men of Cofton who died in World War I.


Grid Reference:SX 968 802
Map Sheet:SX98SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDawlish
Ecclesiastical ParishDAWLISH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WAR MEMORIAL (World War I to XX - 1918 AD to 1920 AD (Between))

Full description

English Heritage, 08/01/2015, Cofton War Memorial, Dawlish (Correspondence). SDV357667.

English Heritage has been asked to assess the war memorial at Cofton, Dawlish, Devon. We are carrying out the assessment as part of our response to the centenary of the First World War.

English Heritage, 11/03/2015, Cofton War Memorial, Churchyard of St Mary, Teignbridge (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV357928.

English Heritage has completed its assessment of Cofton War Memorial and has made the decision to add to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

The war memorial in Cofton was erected in memory of the men of the village who lost their lives during the First World War. A modest, but well-crafted cross it is an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community. It has a distinctive architectural quality while adopting a suitably solemn appearance for its commemorative purpose, and is constructed using good quality dressed stone. Unaltered, it holds a prominent position in the churchyard and has group value with the church of St Mary.

The war memorial in Cofton, Teignbridge, Devon is recommended for listing at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and
the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20; Architectural interest: a simple yet refined cross design, well-crafted in stone;
Intactness: the structure is unaltered;
Group value: it makes a positive and important contribution to the churchyard and groups well with
the neighbouring church of St Mary (Grade II).

Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

Map object based on this source.

Walls, S., 2010, The Materiality of Remembrance: Twentieth Century War Memorials in Devon, DAW38 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV355902.

Google, 2014, Google Streetview (Website). SDV355684.

Map object based on this source.

Imperial War Museum, 2014, War Memorials Archive, 25843 (Website). SDV356253.

Granite cross in St Mary's churchyard at Cofton. Square plinth surmounted by shaft and wheel cross. Inscription on one side of the plinth: TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO THE/ IMMORTAL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF/ COFTON/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1919/ MAY THEY REST IN PEACE.
On the two adjacent sides are the 11 names of those who died.
The memorial was unveiled on 22 August 1920.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital).
SDV355684Website: Google. 2014. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website.
SDV355902Post-Graduate Thesis: Walls, S.. 2010. The Materiality of Remembrance: Twentieth Century War Memorials in Devon. University of Exeter. Digital. DAW38.
SDV356253Website: Imperial War Museum. 2014. War Memorials Archive. www.ukniwm.org.uk. Website. 25843.
SDV357667Correspondence: English Heritage. 08/01/2015. Cofton War Memorial, Dawlish. Application Received to Add Building to List. Digital.
SDV357928List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 11/03/2015. Cofton War Memorial, Churchyard of St Mary, Teignbridge. Additions and Amendments to Checklist. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 11 2015 9:41AM