Ugborough War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1462724
Date first listed:
28-Feb-2019
Statutory Address:
Church of St Peter, The Square, Ugborough, Devon, PL21 0NS

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Location

Statutory Address:
Church of St Peter, The Square, Ugborough, Devon, PL21 0NS

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

County:
Devon
District:
South Hams (District Authority)
Parish:
Ugborough
National Grid Reference:
SX6774855737

Summary

A First World War memorial dating from 1921, subsequently altered to commemorate the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Ugborough War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* the memorial is an imposing stone cross of good design, neatly made and well-proportioned.

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact on the local community of the events of the First World War.

Group value:

* it has strong group value with the adjacent Church of St Peter (Grade I).

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever, with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead. The memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Ugborough as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial was erected by Mr F Horn and the cost was met by public subscription. It was unveiled on Sunday 18 December 1921.

The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War were added to the memorial following that conflict.

Details

A First World War memorial dating from 1921, subsequently altered to commemorate the Second World War.

MATERIALS AND PLAN: the memorial is constructed of pale grey granite and it stands adjacent to the Church of St Peter, where it forms part of the churchyard's boundary wall.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a plain Latin cross with a tapering shaft on a small square pedestal with a two-stepped octagonal base. The plaque bearing the names of the fallen is built into the churchyard wall below.

The main inscription in leaded is on the north face on the plinth and reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ IN MEMORY OF/ THE MEN WHO DIED IN THE/ GREAT WAR, 1914 - 1918/ WHOSE NAMES ARE INSCRIBED BENEATH./ -/ THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED BY THE/ INHABITANTS OF UGBOROUGH PARISH.

On the lower step of the base is inscribed: ERECTED DEC.1921. The names of the fallen are inscribed on the plaque set into the wall beneath. An additional plaque added beneath reads: 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES).

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museums Register, accessed 9.11.2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/45999
War Memorials Online database, accessed 9.11.2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/216186/
Other
‘Ugborough Affairs’, Western Morning News, Friday 16 December 1921
‘Ugborough War Memorial’, Western Morning News, Friday 19 August 1921

Legal

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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