Memorials Of The Great War
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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
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