Warkleigh War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
Cockrams Butt, Warkleigh, Devon, EX37 9PE


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Statutory Address:
Cockrams Butt, Warkleigh, Devon, EX37 9PE

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

North Devon (District Authority)
Satterleigh and Warkleigh
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War memorial cross, 1924.

Reasons for Designation

Warkleigh War Memorial, 1924, 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:

* a simple but striking memorial, well-executed in durable 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 three quarters of a million British lives, and the official policy of not repatriating the dead; memorials, therefore, provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Warkleigh as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the eight members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. A newspaper article attributes the erection of the memorial to the untiring efforts of the local Rector, W Vincent Jephson, MA, and notes an impressive unveiling, on 31 August 1924.

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


War memorial cross, 1924.

MATERIALS: the memorial is constructed from roughly-hewn Dartmoor grey granite.

PLAN: it stands on a fork on the road running north-south between Chittlehamholt and Warkleigh.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a plain, tapering Latin cross standing on a small, square plinth. The main inscription is in raised lettering on a polished panel at the base of the cross shaft. It reads: ‘IN PROUD MEMORY / OF THE MEN / OF WARKLEIGH / WHO GAVE / THEIR LIVES / IN THE / GREAT WAR / IN THE CAUSE / OF JUSTICE / AND FREEDOM / 1914–1919’. The names of the eight First World War fallen are listed in two columns of raised lettering on the front of the plinth, beneath which is the additional inscription ‘1939–1945’, followed by two names.


Warkleigh, ref 254270, War Memorials Online, accessed 23/04/2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/254270/
Warkleigh, ref 25706, Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register, accessed 23/04/2019 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/25706
‘Warkleigh War Memorial’, The Devon and Exeter Gazette, 01/19/1924, 4


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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