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Brixham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Brixham, Torbay

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.3987 / 50°23'55"N

Longitude: -3.5065 / 3°30'23"W

OS Eastings: 293023

OS Northings: 56514

OS Grid: SX930565

Mapcode National: GBR QX.7BPP

Mapcode Global: FRA 37JZ.ZP7

Entry Name: Brixham War Memorial

Listing Date: 12 December 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1422924

Location: Brixham, Torbay, TQ5

County: Torbay

Civil Parish: Brixham

Built-Up Area: Brixham

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Brixham All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Summary

First and Second World War Memorial.

Description

First and Second World War Memorial.

MATERIALS: a granite memorial with bronze plaques.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial has a two-tiered base surmounted by a square plinth. This is topped by a long shaft with a wheel cross. The front face of the cross and shaft has a carved design. A dedication is made in raised lettering at the base of shaft which reads ‘IN/ GRATEFUL/ REMEMBRANCE OF/ OUR HEROIC/ FELLOW CITIZENS/ WHO SACRIFICED/ THEIR LIVES IN THE/ WORLD WARS/ 1914 - 1919 / 1939 -1945./ THEIR NAME/ LIVETH FOR/ EVERMORE’. This dedication is replicated on the opposite side of the shaft. The plinth contains bronze plaques on each side with the names of those who died during the First and Second World Wars. The plinth is surrounded by a low iron chain-link fence on the top tier and in front small stones bearing the dates of the conflicts on each side of the memorial.


This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 8 December 2016.

History

The war memorial was erected to commemorate those men who died during the First World War. A number of options for a memorial had been considered for the town including an obelisk, a clock tower and a public park. In the end a stone cross was chosen. It was in place by 1920 and positioned on a prominent spot on the cliffs overlooking Brixham Harbour. Further names were added in memory of the Fallen of the Second World War and the memorial re-dedicated in 1951.

Reasons for Listing

Brixham 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: it utilises intricately-carved granite stone to create an elegant design;
* Context: it has a prominent, elevated position overlooking Brixham Harbour.

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