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West Hill (Devon) Memorial Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Ottery St. Mary, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7384 / 50°44'18"N

Longitude: -3.318 / 3°19'4"W

OS Eastings: 307090

OS Northings: 94022

OS Grid: SY070940

Mapcode National: GBR P6.GX4W

Mapcode Global: FRA 37Y4.75Q

Entry Name: West Hill (Devon) Memorial Cross

Listing Date: 11 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425101

Location: Ottery St. Mary, East Devon, Devon, EX11

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Ottery St. Mary

Built-Up Area: West Hill

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: West Hill St Michael the Archangel

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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First World War memorial, 1921. Later additions for the Second World War.


The memorial stands on a small Green at the junction of School Lane and West Hill Road. The triangular Green is marked at each corner by three granite boulders. The memorial is made of rough-hewn Dartmoor granite and comprises a Maltese cross on a 2.5m tall tapering shaft, raised on a square plinth. The plinth stands on a two-stepped base, placed in a square, kerbed and gravelled area.

The dedication and names are recorded on the plinth in applied lead lettering. The dedication reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN/ MEMORY OF THE MEN OF/ WEST HILL WHO DIED IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ (NAMES)


The first step also carries the dedication 1939 - 1945 (NAMES)

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 7 December 2016.


The memorial was unveiled on 30 January 1921 by Major Morrison-Bell in remembrance of the men of West Hill who died in the First World War. Further inscriptions and names were added following the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

West Hill (Devon) Memorial Cross, which is situated on the Green at the junction of West Hill Road and School Lane, 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;
* Design: a modest yet well-executed example of the cross type in the local stone.

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