Whimple War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Mary, The Square, Whimple, Exeter, Devon


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Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Mary, The Square, Whimple, Exeter, Devon

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

East Devon (District Authority)
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First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Whimple 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 this community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as a thoughtfully-designed and simple memorial in the form of a Latin cross.

Group value:

* it groups well with a number of listed buildings in The Square and also the Church of St Mary (Grade II*).


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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 Whimple, within the churchyard, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 22 members of the local community who lost their lives during the First World War. Contemporary newspapers report that the design was based on an ancient cross in the churchyard at Harpford a village to the south-east. The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 21 March 1920 and dedicated by the Dean of Exeter.

The names of the parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.


First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is situated prominently within the churchyard to the south of the Church of St Mary (Grade II*). It is carved from granite and comprises a Latin cross on a tall octagonal shaft with a three-stepped octagonal base.

The upper section of the base has the inscription in lead lettering: IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN 1914 1919 on seven of its eight sides; a small cross is inscribed on the eighth face. The middle step is inscribed with the names of the fallen, and the lower section is inscribed: 1939 – 1945 / (NAMES).


Devon & Dartmoor HER, Whimple War Mmeorial, HER no. MDV104726, accessed 22 February 2019 from http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MDV104726&resourceID=104
Devon Heritage, Whimple – The War Memorial, accessed 22 February 2019 from http://www.devonheritage.org/Places/Whimple/Whimple-TheWarMemorial.htm
War Memorials Online, Whimple, Ref. WM0252257, accessed 22 February 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/252257/
War Memorials Register, Whimple – Cross, accessed 22 February 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/25448
Western Times, Friday 26 March 1920, Dedication of a Granite Cross in Churchyard


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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