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Martin War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Martin, Lincolnshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.125 / 53°7'29"N

Longitude: -0.326 / 0°19'33"W

OS Eastings: 512112

OS Northings: 359952

OS Grid: TF121599

Mapcode National: GBR GQP.2DK

Mapcode Global: WHGJN.YQX6

Entry Name: Martin War Memorial

Listing Date: 31 October 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439202

Location: Martin, North Kesteven, Lincolnshire, LN4

County: Lincolnshire

District: North Kesteven

Civil Parish: Martin

Built-Up Area: Martin

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Martin Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln

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Summary


First World War memorial, by Tuttell and Sons of Lincoln, unveiled 9 April 1921, with further names added after the Second World War.

Description

MATERIALS: Ancaster limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial stands in the churchyard of the Church of the Holy Trinity. It consists of a medieval cross on an octagonal shaft with a carved decorative collar and base. The shaft rises from an octagonal plinth and a three-stepped square base.

The plinth is inscribed on three sides with lead lettering and a low relief shield carved at each corner. The four shields have individual low relief texts on them, namely PRO PATRIA, PRO REGE, PRO DEO and PRO RECTO.

The First World War inscription reads: TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND/ IN MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF MARTIN/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.

A later dedication to the fallen of the Second World War reads: WORLD WAR/ 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Martin as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The masons were Messrs M Tuttell and Sons of Lincoln and the total cost was £160. The unveiling ceremony took place on Saturday 9 April 1921, commencing with a service in the church conducted by the vicar, the Revd Howard Charles Gibbons Robertson. The unveiling was carried out by Capt Reginald Herbert Spooner (1880-1961) of the Manor House, Metheringham who was acting as a representative for Lord Londesborough of nearby Blankney Hall.

Following the Second World War, the names of those who lost their lives in that war were also added.

In 2006 the memorial was conserved with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Martin War Memorial by M Tuttell and Sons of Lincoln is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an ornate and striking cross with carved decorative details;
* Group value: with the Holy Trinity Church (Grade II).

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