Memorials Of The Great War

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War Memorial Of The Month - February 2018

Holy Island, Northumberland

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 To protect and promote the spirit and substance of the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens OM



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The windswept Holy Island off the coast of Northumbria offers the most dramatic location for one of Lutyens’s most celebrated works, the conversion of Lindisfarne Castle for his most loyal client Edward Hudson.


It is assumed that this connection led to the architect being asked to design the island’s war memorial, which is a typical simple Lutyens war cross, situated on The Heugh, with the Castle in the background across the bay.  It is made of the same pink Doddington stone was used for the nearby Lindisfarne Priory.  The heavy lettering on the memorial is not typical of the more delicate typeface that Lutyens usually chose for his memorials and is an indication that he did not supervise the actual construction.  It had to be repaired in 1984 when the shaft split following expectionally strong winds during the previous winter.


The memorial was unveiled by Major Morley Crossman DSO on 4 June 1922.





Location: The Heugh, Holy Island, Northumberland