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Photographer: Tim Skelton

Lower Swell War Memorial

Gazetteer No. G0343

Date 1921

Address Lower Swell, Gloucestershire GL54 1LF England


This simple memorial of a flaming urn on top of a square pedestal stands on a small green in the middle of this typical Cotswold village (which was also known as Nether Swell). It is likely that it was commissioned by Mark Fenwick, a noted Lutyens client,

for whom the architect designed a garden layout as well as alterations to his house Abbotswood.

The Second World War always presented a challenge when adding inscriptions to earlier memorials and this has been solved in an interesting way at Lower Swell by squeezing in the letter “S” after the inscription commemorating those “gave their lives in the Great War”. (Contributor: Tim Skelton)


Also Cited In

Verey D & Brooks A (1999) Gloucestershire 1: Cotswolds. The Buildings of England. New Haven: Yale University Press.

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Mark Fenwick