TQ3380 : Tower Hill Memorial

taken 2 years ago, near to Bermondsey, Southwark, Great Britain

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Tower Hill Memorial
Tower Hill Memorial
Tower Hill Memorial
The Tower Hill Memorial is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission war memorial on the south side of Trinity Square Gardens. The memorial commemorates those from the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets who died during both world wars and have "no grave but the sea". The memorial was designed by Edwin Lutyens with sculpture work by William Reid Dick, the Second World War extension was designed by Edward Maufe with sculpture work by Charles Wheeler.
The First World War memorial takes the form of a vaulted corridor, 21.5 metres long, 7 metres wide and 7 to 10 metres high. Inside are 12 bronze plaques engraved with 12,000 names.
The Second World War memorial takes the form of a semi-circular sunken garden located behind the corridor, to its north. It contains the names of 24,000 British seamen and 50 Australian seamen, listed on the walls of the sunken garden.
The Mercantile Marine First World War Memorial was unveiled by Queen Mary on 12 December 1928 and the adjacent Second World War extension by Queen Elizabeth II on 5 November 1955.
Lutyens' First World War Memorial became a listed building in 1973, upgraded to Grade I status in October 2015. The adjacent Merchant Seamen's Memorial was separately given a Grade II* listing in 1998.
War Memorials
War memorials were mainly constructed after WWI to commemorate the troops who gave their lives in the war. Many were then updated after WWII. Some war memorials date back to the Boer War. Almost every town and village in Britain has a War Memorial. They take many forms, the commonest being an obelisk, a cross or statue of a soldier. Some commemorate the inhabitants of a place, some are for schools and others are for companies or Military groupings.
Many memorials are grade II listed, 61 are II* listed, LinkExternal link*_listed_war_memorials_in_England
& 12 are Grade I listed. LinkExternal link
A search for memorials can be carried out at LinkExternal link
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TQ3380, 5912 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 1 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 13 December, 2017
Geographical Context
People, Events  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3349 8070 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.5681N 0:4.6701W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3353 8070
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