DescriptionAgain by Lutyens the headboard of simply pegged timbers around an inscription plate, for the Hon. Francis McLaren †1917, who married Barbara Jekyll; headboard of simply pegged timbers around an inscription plate, the top carved with the RAF insignia (at the time of writing removed for repair). (O’Brien et al., 2022, p.162)
GODALMING BRIGHTON ROAD SU 9742 (south west side, off), Busbridge 16/40 McLaren headboard, approx. 6 metres to south-east of south-east corner of Church of St John GV II
Headboard. c.1917. Wooden. Five boards wooden-pegged together, the top board having relief-carved Royal Flying Corps Coat of Arms with laurel wreath enclosing initials RFC (Royal Flying Corps), surmounted by royal crown on cushion and flanked by eagle’s wings. West side of board inscribed with verses 9-10 of Psalm 139; each side has commemorative inscription to Francis Walter Stafford McLaren, M.P., 2nd Lieutenant Flying Corps, d.1917 at Montrose; at base, Royal Flying Corps motto, ‘Per ardua ad astra’. (Historic England, list entry 1188875)
BibliographyO’Brien, C., Nairn, I. and Cherry, B. (2022) Surrey. Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Historic England. MCLAREN HEADBOARD, approx.IMATELY 6 METRES TO SOUTH EAST OF SOUTH EAST CORNER OF CHURCH OF ST JOHN, BRIGHTON ROAD. [Online] Available from: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1188875
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