Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Memorial That Makes the Grade

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Memorial That Makes the Grade

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environmnt Editor

AWAR memorial steeped in history has been placed among the top listed structures in the country.

The memorial, in the form of a cross, stands on The Heugh at Holy Island, overlooking Lindisfarne Castle.

It has been upgraded from grade II listing to grade II star by Historic England as part of a review of all 44 war memorials designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, whose work also includes the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

The Holy Island memorial is one of 15 war crosses which Lutyens designed, including a grade II example at Hartburn in Northumberland.

The memorial was carved in Doddington stone by Mr Tully of Belford.

Lutyens chose this stone to chime with the stone of Lindisfarne Priory.

It was unveiled on June 4, 1922, by Major Morley Crossman and dedicated by Rev W B Hall.

Following storm damage which broke the shaft in the winter of 1983-4, the top of the memorial was replaced.

Historic England has pledged to list a total of 2,500 war memorials over the centenary of the First World War.

Lutyens was already familiar with Holy Island, having worked on the conversion of Lindisfarne Castle for Edward Hudson.

The Rev Paul Collins, vicar of St Mary's Church on Holy Island, said: "The war memorial has a very special place in the island's history and memory because of those from a small population who were killed. A number of the men's families still live here."

Tracey Crouch, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Heritage, said: "The commemoration of the First World War centenary has inspired people all over England to remember our shared history.

"Our war memorials provide a lasting legacy for those who sacri-ficed so much and I would encourage anyone to nominate their local memorials for listing and preserve them for generations to come. …

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