Hatfield, copyright Ken Hamilton

Hatfield War Memorial, Hertfordshire. Unveiled 12 June 1921. Newly graded at Grade II*. Herbert Baker designed this brick-walled memorial garden, with its Portland stone cross, gates and pavilion, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice of local people who lost their lives in the First World War. The cross, like others designed by Baker, is encircled with carved stone roses and lilies, representing England and France, that trail down the top of the shaft. The garden pavilion, which is reminiscent of the shelter buildings that Baker designed for the cemeteries of the Western Front, was intended as a place to give protection to visitors from the weather. Stone tablets within are inscribed with names of the dead of both world wars. A beautifully carved band above carries a biblical quote from 1 Corinthians 15: ‘ THANKS BE TO GOD WHICH GIVETH US THE VICTORY…’

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