Spalding War Memorial, Ayscoughfee Hall, Lincolnshire. Upgraded to Grade I

The proposal for a memorial to commemorate the 224 fallen of Spalding came from Barbara McLaren, wife of the town’s MP Francis who had been killed in a flying accident on 30 August 1917. Mrs McClaren, Gertrude Jekyll’s niece for whom Lutyens had built a house in London, suggested a cloister garden in the grounds of the local Ayscoughfee Hall. The Hall, dating from the mid-1400s, and its grounds had been bought by the council to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. After much heated local debate about six possible schemes, Lutyens’ was chosen. Along with a clock, he designed a small Tuscan pavilion with a Stone of Remembrance directly in front and a sunken reflecting pool beyond. This austere monolithic‘War Stone’ was one he had originally designed for the Imperial War Graves Commission for cemeteries on the former Western Front, almost always engraved with words chosen by Rudyard Kipling, ‘THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.’ Within the pavilion are two painted stone flags and panels listing the names of the dead. It was unveiled on 8 June 1922. Photo courtesy of Tim Skelton

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