Port Isaac and St Endellion War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Trewetha Lane, Port Isaac, PL29 3RW


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Statutory Address:
Trewetha Lane, Port Isaac, PL29 3RW

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

Location Description:

Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
St. Endellion
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A war memorial commemorating the First and Second World Wars.

Reasons for Designation

Port Isaac and St Endellion 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.

Architectural interest:

* for its design, a well-executed Celtic cross hewn from local granite.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of 750,000 British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Port Isaac for the parish of St Endellion, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 30 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The date that the war memorial was unveiled in unknown, but it was in place by 1930. The bronze plaque displaying the names of the fallen includes both those from the First World War and World War Two, so it may have been re-made after 1945. In 2018 the memorial was moved from outside of Port Isaac Church Rooms to a roadside location on Trewetha Lane.


A war memorial commemorating the First and Second World Wars.

MATERIALS: granite and bronze.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is of roughly-hewn granite, comprising Celtic cross on a trapezoid-shaped plinth and square base. A bronze plaque is mounted on the south-east face of the base and is inscribed: IN MEMORIAM / GREAT WAR / 1914-1918 followed by the names of the 30 who fell in that war; and below WORLD WAR / 1939-1945 and the 23 names of the fallen. Below this is inscribed: OF PORT ISAAC AND ST ENDELLION / WHO DIED SERVING THEIR COUNTRY / THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.


Britain from Above: The Haven and the village, Port Isaac, 1930, accessed 09/10/2018 from https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EPW033107
Cornwall's War History: St Endellion and Port Isaac, accessed 09/10/2018 from http://www.cornwallswarhistory.co.uk/maps/war-memorials-2/st-endellion-and-port-isaac/
Imperial War Museum: War Memorials Register: Port Isaac and St Endellion, accessed 09/10/2018 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/52994


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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