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Mercantile Marine Memorial

Hob Uid: 1375500
Location :
Greater London Authority
Tower Hamlets
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : TQ3350080710
Summary : War memorial erected in 1926-8 to designs by Lutyens to commemorate the dead from the Mercantile Marine and fishing fleets of the First World War "who have no grave but the sea"; the monument was extended by Edward Maufe in 1955, to commemorate the merchant seamen of the Second World War. An open tunnel-vaulted three-bay structure, 64ft (19 1/2m) long. The classical style structure has unfluted Doric columns and the vault and stepped attic block are similar to memorials on the Continent that Lutyens designed. The names of the dead are recorded on bronze plaques treated like rusticated walling.
More information : Indexed by the Imperial War Museum National Inventory of War Memorials as the Merchant Navy Memorial. (2)

Tower Hill Memorial: Second World War extension designed by Sir Edward Maufe, with sculpture by Charles Wheeler. In total almost 36,000 names are inscribed upon the monument: nearly 12,000 for the First World War and nearly 24,000 for the Second. (3)

Maufe's extension opened in 1955 by Queen Elizabeth II. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : London, 1 : the City of London
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Page(s) : 121, 610-1
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Plates : 124
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Source Number : 2
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : < http://www.ukniwm.org.uk/server/show/conMemorial.12636/fromUkniwmSearch/1 > [Accessed 24-MAR-2006]
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Source Number : 3
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : < http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=90002&mode=1 > [Accessed on 31-MAY-2007]
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Source Number : 4
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Hill_Memorial > [Accessed 31-MAY-2007]
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early 20th Century
Display Date : Erected 1926-8
Monument End Date : 1928
Monument Start Date : 1926
Monument Type : War Memorial (Freestanding)
Evidence : Structure
Monument Period Name : Mid 20th Century
Display Date : Extended 1955
Monument End Date : 1955
Monument Start Date : 1955
Monument Type : War Memorial (Freestanding)
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 108610
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 206294
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 38 SW 2128
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, INVESTIGATION BY RCHME/EH ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-11-14
End Date : 1995-11-14