Bovey Tracey Market Cross - Bovey Tracey, UK
N 50° 35.686 W 003° 40.361
30U E 452388 N 5604979
Quick Description: The Bovey Tracey Market Cross is an ancient cross constructed of Dartmoor granite. Plaques memorializing local men who died during World Wars I and II were added to the base of the cross in recent times.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/23/2012 10:54:41 AM
Waymark Code: WMEPJX
The cross/war memorial is located at the intersection of Fore Street and Mary Street adjacent to the Bovey Tracey Town Hall. A series of eight bronze plaques surround the base of the cross. One of the plaques has a dedication to the men of Bovey who died during the Great War. The remaining seven plaques list the names, rank, and date of death of the soldiers. Lower down on the base is a stone tablet memorializing the Bovey men who died in World War II: it includes the names of the war dead, their ranks, and the year of their deaths.
"The ancient Market Cross now doubles as the town’s war memorial. The shaft is original and is square at the bottom and octagonal for the rest of its length. It also tapers towards the top. The socket stone is original and stands on a double pedestal, which themselves are set on a base of modern stones. The top of the pedestal and base have been shaped into an octagonal form. The head and arms of the cross are modern and also taper inwards. A ring of stone is fixed around the top of the shaft at the point where the shaft and head are joined.
The memorial inscription for both World Wars I and II have been engraved in bronze and, similarly, the rising edge of the step of the pedestal has also been edged in bronze.
The cross was moved to its current position in 1865 to make way for the building of the new town hall. It was at this time that the new head was made and fitted. This was arranged as a gift to the town by the then Vicar of Bovey Tracey, the Hon. Canon Courtenay, relative of Lord Courtenay, Earl of Devon, whose seat is traditionally at Powderham Castle. The work was carried out by a local stonemason, by the name of Treleaven."