Crapstone Memorial Cross

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LocationOn The Green, Stoke Hill Lane, Crapstone.

O/S Grid Ref:  SX/50486/67835       Longitude/Latitude (Degrees+/-):  -4.10917/50.49119

Map location:  Click here to view map.

Purpose:  Memorial for World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

Size:  The cross is too tall for it to be properly measured from the ground, but the octagonal shaft has a full width of 10 inches (0.25 metres). 

Information:  This tall and slender cross has an octagonal shaft and arms, with the end of the arms and the top of the shaft being finished off with slightly wider rounded ends.  There is also a collar running around the shaft a little way down from the arms, with the base of the shaft having an ornate finish at the point where it meets the top of the socket stone.

crapstone_inscription.jpg (173858 bytes)The large socket stone, which has a width of 3 feet 2 inches (0.97 metres) and a height of 4 feet 5 inches (1.35 metres), is formed of three layers of stone firmly cemented together.  The south western face of the socket stone shows the dedication of the cross in black lettering: 'To the / Glory of God / & in Honour / of the men of / Buckland / Parish / Who Died in / the Great War / 1914 - 1919 / Live thou for England / We for England Died'.  The other three faces of the socket stone lists the names of the 36 local men who lost their lives in World War I.  The socket itself sits on a plinth of five steps, each of which is formed by a number of blocks into an octagonal pattern.  The total height of these plinths is 3 feet 1 inch (0.94 metres), which, together with the socket stone, raises the whole structure by the height of 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 metres).  The following wording also appears round the edges of the plinth stones: 'In Glory Everlasting / 1939 - 1945 / Make Them / To be Numbered / With thy Saints', together with the names of those who lost their lives in the Second World and Korean Wars.

The village of Crapstone sits within the parish of Buckland Monachorum and this isolated, but imposing, cross acts as a memorial to all those men of Yelverton, Clearbrook and Milton Combe, as well as Crapstone and Buckland Monachorum, who lost their lives during three twentieth century wars.  The three wars concerned were the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953).

crapstone_dnp_boundstone.jpg (177529 bytes)Sitting well back on the grass, behind the cross, sits a large stone with a metal Dartmoor National Park badge fixed to it.  This stone is one of a number, sited beside roads, around the edge of the National Park to mark its boundary.  This, in effect, means that the cross sits just outside of the Dartmoor boundary but it is such a fine cross that we had no hesitation in including it in our list of Dartmoor Crosses.  Quite close to this boundary stone there is a wooden bench which makes a nice seat on which to rest for a while in this quiet and peaceful spot.


Our thanks to Bob Noakes for bringing this cross to our attention.