Bridestowe Memorial Cross

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Location Just inside the Fore Street wall of the Bridestowe Churchyard. 

O/S Grid Ref: SX/51401/89402          Longitude/Latitude (Degrees+/-):  -4.10491/50.68524

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Purpose:  War Memorial Cross.

Size: The cross is 4 feet 8 inches (1.42 metres) high, with the shaft being 9 inches (0.23 metres) wide at the shoulder and 7 inches (0.18 metres) deep. 

Information:  This relatively modern cross, which is of Celtic design, was erected to commemorate those local men who lost their lives in both World Wars I and II.  The cross stands in a large socket stone above two plinths.  The socket stone is 22 inches (0.56 metres) high and the width tapers up from 26 inches (0.66 metres) to 22 inches (0.56 metres) at the top and 19 inches (0.48 metres) tapering up to 13 inches (0.33 metres) deep.  The upper plinth measures 2 feet 8 inches (0.81 metres) by 2 feet 1 inch (0.64 metres) and 7 inches (0.18 metres) high.  The lower plinth is much larger being 7 feet 4 inches (2.24 metres) square, with the top being rebated and filled with loose stone chippings.

bridestowe_inscription1.jpg (199876 bytes)bridestowe_inscription2.jpg (181848 bytes)The outer face of the socket stone has been inscribed with the following words: "In Proud and Grateful Memory of the Men of this Parish who Fell in the Great War 1914-1919".  This is followed by a list of the seven names.  The face of the smaller plinth below has also been inscribed, with: "Death is Swallowed up in Victory. 1 Cor: XV. 54".  The inner face of the socket stone has similarly been engraved for World War II, as: "In Proud and Grateful Memory of the Men of this Parish who Fell in the Second World War 1939-1945".  This, again, is followed by the names of the three who lost their lives in this conflict and: "Death is Swallowed up in Victory" appears at the foot of the socket stone.

As well as this memorial cross, the church itself has three smaller crosses placed on the end of its roof apexes.  These are all of a similar simple design, with two being on the main roof and with the third being placed on the apex of the porch roof.  There is also an unusual entrance to the churchyard from Fore Street, in the gap between house Nos. 11 and 15.  A high and substantial stone bridestowe_porch.jpg (114791 bytes)wall has been built between the two houses, almost up to the bridestowe_gate.jpg (159736 bytes)height of the house eaves.  Towards the southern end of the wall a large and elaborate archway has been included to allow access in to the churchyard, with a pair of wrought-iron gates hung across the arch to complete the structure.