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War memorial in Gertude Jekyll’s village.

If there were any place where it was natural for Lutyens to design a war memorial, it would have to be the Surrey village of Busbridge, home of the celebrated garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, with whom he collaborated on a number of important house and garden designs. He designed nearby Munstead Wood, her house outside the village.

Here in the St John the Baptist churchyard he used a variation of his tall tapered War Cross in Portland stone, standing it on an undercut plinth – another typical Luytens’ design feature. The memorial was unveiled on 23 July 1922.

The churchyard also contains three graves designed by Lutyens – of Gertrude Jekyll (together with her brother and sister-in-law), her mother Julia Jekyll and Francis McClaren, husband of her niece, who was killed in a flying accident during the war. Lutyens’ other work in the village is the chancel screen in the church.

Photo courtesy of Tim Skelton

Busbridge War Memorial, Busbridge, Surrey. Upgraded to Grade II*

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