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Teignmouth War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Teignmouth, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5441 / 50°32'38"N

Longitude: -3.4952 / 3°29'42"W

OS Eastings: 294155

OS Northings: 72659

OS Grid: SX941726

Mapcode National: GBR P2.7X6N

Mapcode Global: FRA 37KM.J4W

Entry Name: Teignmouth War Memorial

Listing Date: 15 April 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425753

Location: Teignmouth, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ14

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

Civil Parish: Teignmouth

Built-Up Area: Teignmouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: East Teignmouth

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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A First World War memorial dedicated in 1921; further names were added after the Second World War and C20 conflicts.


A First World War memorial dedicated in 1921; further names were added after the Second World War and C20 conflicts.

MATERIALS: granite with beaten-lead lettering and cast-iron railings.

DESCRIPTION: a stepped square base surmounted by a rough-hewn tapering plinth and obelisk. Stone panels on the plinth commemorate the fallen of the First World War. Further inscriptions were added to the base for those who died during the Second World War. The inscription on the plinth's south-west face reads, ‘ERECTED IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF/ TEIGNMOUTH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919’. Below, the inscription on the base reads- ‘DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE/ MEN AND WOMEN OF TEIGNMOUTH/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE/ SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945, and above is a triangular panel with the names of three men who died during later C20 conflicts. The other faces of the memorial bear the names of those who died during the conflicts. The memorial is surrounded by a set of small decorative cast-iron railings and shaped stone posts.

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.


The memorial was erected on the Promenade to commemorate the residents of Teignmouth who died during the First World War. The cost of the memorial was raised by public subscription. Colonel F B Mildmay (MP) unveiled the memorial at a dedication ceremony held in January 1921. The inscription was done in beaten lead at the expense of the contractors T H and B Knight and Sons, in order to maintain the lettering on the memorial which was exposed to the spray of the sea. Not all of the names of those who had died had been collected by the time of the unveiling. Further names were added later to decorative triangles placed at the bottom of the obelisk. After 1945 the memorial was raised when the second tier of the base was replaced by a larger ashlar stone that was inscribed with the names of those killed during the Second World War were added. Three further names were added to remember the members of the armed forces who died in conflicts in Malaya (1948-60), Kenya (1952-1960), and Cyprus (1954).

Reasons for Listing

Teignmouth 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 made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: it has an elegant and sombre obelisk design, with a complementary set of railings;
* Group value: with other listed structures on the Promenade, including the mid-19 lighthouse to the south (Grade II).

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