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Highweek War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Newton Abbot, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.5376 / 50°32'15"N

Longitude: -3.6216 / 3°37'17"W

OS Eastings: 285177

OS Northings: 72122

OS Grid: SX851721

Mapcode National: GBR QP.ZK6D

Mapcode Global: FRA 379M.WCJ

Entry Name: Highweek War Memorial

Listing Date: 23 February 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1424125

Location: Newton Abbot, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ12

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

Civil Parish: Newton Abbot

Built-Up Area: Newton Abbot

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Highweek All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Summary

War Memorial dedicated to the local men who lost their lives whilst serving their country in the First World War (1914-1918), with subsequent dedications to those Fallen in the Second World War (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953).

Description

War Memorial dedicated to the local men who lost their lives whilst serving their country in the First World War (1914-1918), with subsequent dedications to those Fallen in the Second World War (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953).
The memorial consists of an octagonal shaped granite Latin cross, set on a two tiered octagonal plinth plus base. 4m high. Inscribed with leaded lettering.
The front face of the lower octagonal plinth reads: 'IN MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF HIGHWEEK / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918', with the 61 names of the Fallen inscribed on the adjacent faces. The inscription above reads 1939 / 1945 with the 50 names of the Fallen on the adjacent faces, including three parishioners who lost their life during an air raid. That to the base of the cross reads KOREA / 1950 with the name of the Fallen below it.

History

The war memorial at Highweek, Newton Abbot was erected and dedicated in 1921 to commemorate the sixty one local men who lost their lives whilst serving their country in the First World War. After the Second World War fifty names of the fallen due to that conflict were added, including three parishioners who lost their life during an air raid. Subsequently, in 1951 a ceremony, attended by Bishop Suffragan of Sherborne, took place to unveil the dedication to a local man who served his country in the Korean War (1950-1953). There is reference to the Memorial in 2001 as having railings but there is no evidence that this was indeed the case. In 2008, following an anonymous donation from an ex-naval officer, the memorial was restored.

Reasons for Listing

Highweek War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple but imposing design in the shape of a cross, well-crafted in granite;
* Intactness: the structure survives well;
* Group value: it groups well with the nearby All Saint's Church, listed at Grade I.

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