Memorials Of The Great War
War Memorial Of The Month - March 2015
Lower Swell, Gloucestershire
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To protect and promote the spirit and substance of the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens OM
This simple memorial of a flaming urn on top of a square pedestal stands on a small green in the middle of this typical Cotswold village (which was also known as Nether Swell). It is likely that it was commissioned by Mark Fenwick, a noted Lutyens client, for whom the architect designed a garden layout as well as alterations to his house Abbotswood.
The Second World War always presented a challenge when adding inscriptions to earlier memorials and this has been solved in an interesting way at Lower Swell by squeezing in the letter “S” after the inscription commemorating those “gave their lives in the Great War”.
Location: On the triangular green in the heart of the village - approximate postcode GL54 1LF