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Shute War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Shute, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7726 / 50°46'21"N

Longitude: -3.0619 / 3°3'42"W

OS Eastings: 325218

OS Northings: 97542

OS Grid: SY252975

Mapcode National: GBR PF.CLVW

Mapcode Global: FRA 47G1.JYF

Entry Name: Shute War Memorial

Listing Date: 31 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425385

Location: Shute, East Devon, Devon, EX13

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Shute

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Shute St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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First World War memorial. Erected circa 1920, with further inscriptions added later.


First World War memorial. Erected circa 1920, with further inscriptions added later.

MATERIALS: carved from granite.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial stands at a crossroads near the centre of Shute. It is opposite the Grade I listed C16 gatehouse to Shute Barton medieval manor house at the south and the Grade II listed C18 cottages of Beagle’s Row at the north. The memorial comprises a rough-hewn granite cross with Celtic head on a tapering shaft that rises from a trapezoidal granite plinth. The front of the plinth is inscribed TO/ THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF SHUTE/ WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918. Six names are inscribed beneath it. The plinth rests on a square concrete base, itself set in concrete. It is inscribed AND IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945 followed by one name. A rubble-stone wall encloses the memorial, which reduces to a dwarf wall at the south where there is an entrance approached by three steps.

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 aftermath of the First World War saw a huge wave of public commemoration with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was erected in circa 1920 to commemorate the men of Shute who died during the conflict. A further inscription was added to the memorial following the Second World War, to mark the sacrifice made during that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Shute war memorial, which stands at a crossroads near the centre of Shute, is listed at Grade II for the following 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;
* Group value: with the Grade I listed gatehouse to Shute Barton manor house and the Grade II listed cottages of Beagle’s Row.

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