Spreyton War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
Church of St Michael, Spreyton, Devon, EX17 5AL


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Statutory Address:
Church of St Michael, Spreyton, Devon, EX17 5AL

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

West Devon (District Authority)
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A war memorial cross of around 1920 or 1921 date, constructed of rough-hewn granite.

Reasons for Designation

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

Historic interest:

* it is 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:

* it is a well-crafted war memorial in the form of a granite Latin cross.

Group value:

* it has group value with the Grade II listed Church of St Michael, and tombs and headstones in the churchyard (also listed at 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. 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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Spreyton as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was supplied by Mr JT Miller of Okehampton. The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 9 January 1921 by the Right Honourable George Lambert MP, parishioner of Spreyton.

The memorial stands in a prominent position beside the entrance to the churchyard, close to the Church of St Michael (Grade II) and within the same churchyard as several tomb chests, headstones and memorials (Grade II).


A war memorial of around 1920 or 1921 date.

MATERIALS: constructed of Devon granite.

DESCRIPTION: comprising a rough-hewn Latin cross with a tapering square shaft with a three-stepped base. The main inscription in leaded lettering on the middle step of the base reads: IN MEMORY OF THE HEROIC DEAD, WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919./ THEIR NAMES ARE INSCRIBED IN THE CHURCH.


UK National Inventory of War Memorials - Spreyton, accessed 25 March 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/26061
War Memorials Online - Spreyton, accessed 25 March 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/210077/
‘Spreyton’s Warriors’, Western Times, Friday 14 January 1921


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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