Spalding War Memorial upgraded in time for Remembrance Sunday service

Spalding's famous war memorial
Spalding's famous war memorial

Spalding’s famous war memorial has been upgraded from a Grade II to a Grade I protected listing.

The memorial is one of 44 First World War memorials designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens – who is famous for the Whitehall Cenotaph.

Historic England made the announcement on Friday, just in time for the Remembrance Service held at its Ayscoughfee Hall gardens home on Sunday.

Seven of Lutyens’ memorials are now Grade I listed – representing half of the total number of all Grade I war memorials in England.

Lutyens (1869-1944) is known as architect of the Whitehall Cenotaph and the war cemeteries of the Western Front but few people realise that he actually designed 44 war memorials for towns and villages all over England.

Spalding’s war memorial commemorates 224 lives lost during the First World War. Lutyens’ tranquil Tuscan pavilion design was chosen above five others, and includes a Stone of Remembrance.

Spalding’s MP Francis McLaren was killed in a flying accident on August 30, 1917 and it was his wife Barbara who proposed the memorial. It was unveiled on June 8, 1922.