Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke War Memorial


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Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke War Memorial, Promenade, Kingsbridge, Devon


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Statutory Address:
Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke War Memorial, Promenade, Kingsbridge, Devon

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

South Hams (District Authority)
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A First World War memorial, unveiled in 1925; with later additions.

Reasons for Designation

Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke War Memorial is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons: * Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20; it includes the names of civilians killed in local small-scale bombing raids; * Design interest: a well-executed memorial, surmounted by a good, sculpted figure of Hope with an anchor.


The war memorial in Kingsbridge was erected in 1924-5 at a cost of £350, as part of the great wave of commemoration of the sacrifice made by the fallen from communities across the country. The memorial to the soldiers of Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke, which was set up at a prominent and peaceful location on the Promenade Gardens, was unveiled on 11 November 1925 by Maj Gen E W Alexander, VC. The memorial was altered after the Second World War, by the addition of the names of the soldiers who had died in that conflict, together with those of a group of civilians who had been killed in the town in small-scale bombing raids on 2 January and 16 February 1943.


A First World War memorial, dating from 1924-5, altered after the Second World War.

MATERIALS: stone, granite and Italian marble.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of a statue of Hope, shown with her anchor, on a moulded and carved base, which stands on a tall, square-section plinth with deeply-moulded cap and foot. The faces of the plinth are set with polished granite plaques bearing inscriptions picked out in gold lettering: TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE MEN / OF KINGSBRIDGE AND DODBROOKE / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES / AS A RESULT OF THE / GREAT WAR 1914-1918 / DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI / followed by the names of the 68 soldiers who had died in the conflict/ 1939-1945 / followed by the names of 30 soldiers and 16 of the civilians who had lost their lives in the Second World War. The memorial stands on a three-stepped platform of rough-faced granite, within an area of paving.


War Memorials Register, accessed 01/03/2016 from
Kingsbridge War Memorial in Western Morning News, Friday 9 May 1924, p. 1


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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