Ivybridge Churchyard Cross

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LocationBeside the main path leading to the entrance of the Parish Church.

O/S Grid Ref:  SX/63503/56368       Longitude/Latitude (Degrees+/-):  -3.92159/50.39130  

Map location:  Click here to view map.

Purpose: The cross serves as a memorial to those of the parish who lost their lives in World War I. 

Size: The cross measures 8 feet 3 inches (2.51 metres) high and 3 feet 1 inch (0.94 metres) across the arms. The shaft is 13 inches (0.33 metres) wide at its base and 10 inches (0.25 metres) deep.  The socket stone is 13 inches (0.33 metres) high, 25 inches (0.63 metres) wide and 23 inches ( 0.58 metres) deep. When taken together, Cross, Socket and Plinth, the top of the cross stands 11 feet and 1 inch (3.38 metres) above the ground.

Information:  This granite cross has not been chamfered, but the shaft tapers upwards from the base and downwards from the top towards the arms.  The arms also taper inwards towards the shaft.  The socket stone sits squarely on a plinth of two levels.  The lower level consists of four stones and the upper level of two stones.

The only reference to World War I is in a panel cut away at the back of the socket stone, with the dates 1914-1918 engraved within it.  At the base of the cross and laying flat with the ground, is a memorial to Captain Hawker who fell in Palestine in 1917.  The inscription reads:

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TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN LOVING MEMORY OF

CAPT. R. S. HAWKER  1ST  DEV.  YEO.  M.C.C.

WHO FELL IN PALESTINE

NOV. 1917 AGED 28

R. I. P.

 

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Our thanks go to Chris Taylor for bringing this cross to our attention.