Memorial Chapel of St George (WW1 & WW2)

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Reference WMO/180601

Address:

St John the Evangelist in Spitalgate

Station Road East

Grantham

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Chapel/church
Materials:
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: This is a complex memorial, covering as it does the periods of the First and Second World Wars and including Rolls of Honour and lists of those who had lost their lives. See the main photograph for an impression. St George's Chapel, in the S Transept, was dedicated by the Bishop of Grantham (Dr Geoffrey Hines) on 1 Nov 1920 (All Saints' Day) with a Guard of Honour found by 4 Bn Lincolnshire Regiment commanded by Capt EJ Grinling DSO. The construction work was carried out by Bowman's of Stamford with the names of the 127 Fallen being inscribed on panels either side of the Altar. The Roll of Honour, in a beautiful vellum book, runs to 823 names. Other memorials were added later, notably the Roll of Honour for WW2 and a memorial to Sgt Dennis Winch RAF who was killed in action on 12 Jan 1945 aged 20 yrs. See comments for further information. World War One To provide a War Memorial Chapel for the parish church of Spittalgate St. John The Evangelist and for such purpose carry out the following works. Remove the present vestry seating from the South Transept and the existing screen in the large arch west of such transept. To provide and place at the east end of the South Transept an altar of Oak with footpace standards and riddles with curtains to sides and front of altar. The posts to have angels on them bearing torches, and a Cross and Candlesticks of metal to be placed on the altar. To provide and place panelling behind and at either side of the said altar, the panelling behind the altar to have shields bearing emblems of the national saints of the parts of the national kingdom and of the city of Jerusalem and the side panels to have the names of the parishioners who have fallen in the war inscribed on them. To insert on the window pier above the altar a stone corbel bearing the figure of Saint George represented in a position of rest after his conflict and having his foot on the dragon. The floor of the chapel to be of marble in black and white squares with communicant’s kneelers, chairs, minister’s desk and credence. The remainder of the walls of the chapels are to be panelled with plain oak, and on such panelling, on the northern side of the chapel to provide and place a bracket desk of oak with a book chained thereto containing the names of parishioners who have served in the war engrossed on parchment. Designed by Mr. Wilfrid Bond of Grantham at an estimated cost of £611. Faculty Book 13, page 650, 21st July 1920 To carve the names of those who died in the war 1939 – 1945 on the panelled screen of the Chapel of St. George where the names of the 1914 – 1918 are already recorded Approved at a meeting of the Parochial Church Council on the 15th February 1949, Seal affixed 11th April 1949. Each column is 0.97m high and 0.26m wide and inscribed on three panels of the north partition of the chapel WW2 Roll of Honour A white sheet of paper behind glass, framed in a dark wood. The whole is oblong shaped with long sides being vertical and the whole rests on a shelf. The roll has no heading, at the top centre are 2 faded crossed flags, the union flag to the left and the Cross of St George to the right. The countries coat of arms is between and above these flags while beneath is a scroll which has the words 'The men of our parish' upon it. Beneath the scroll, and in smaller lettering, are the words 'We pray that these may in Gods keeping be now and forever till wars shadows flee'. The flags etc are printed and are multicoloured, the lettering was originally black but is now faded. All names are in black hand writing and are in 2 columns divided by a thin central vertical line in black. It is located directly above the WW2 Memorial. 0.36m wide and 0.76m high. The frame is 0.04m wide. To provide and place a brass sanctuary lamp in St. Georges War Memorial Chapel with the following inscription: - 1939 – 1945 A THANK OFFERING Approved at a meeting of the Parochial Church Council on 20th November 1946. Seal affixed 21st January 1947. Faculty Book 20.
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