Memorials Of The Great War




TRBL in support of

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


War Memorial Of The Month - August 2014    

Spalding, Lincolnshire

A little known gem amongst Lutyens's work, the commission arose at the request of Barbara McLaren, the neice of Gertrude Jekyll, whose husband Francis was the local MP and who died in a plane accident in 1917.


The original proposal was scaled down from a much grander affair that included a cloister and the Stone of Remembrance sitting in the middle of a circular pond, due to  lack of funds. The building was important in prefiguring the shelters that Lutyens was to design for the cemeteries on the Western Front.


Unveiled on 8 June 1922 by General Sir Ian Hamilton GCB, GCMG, DSO, TD.


Location: Ayscoughfee Gardens, Church Gate, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 2RA                

Stone of Remembrance and cloister  © Tim Skelton 2014  LT020352
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Carved stone flags © Tim Skelton 2014   LT020353
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Stone commemorating Francis McLaren  © Tim Skelton 2014   LT020350
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