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  • Geoff H
    Cranbrook, UK12,187 contributions
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    The Parish Church of St Nicholas, Sandhurst is a building of outstanding historic importance with the chancel and most of the present nave dating from the 13th century with the aisles and western tower being added in the 14th century. It is also a building of outstanding architectural importance because the tower is an early example of the now familiar Kentish type, although the top was remade in 18th century bricks. Most of the stained glass is from the 19th century but some windows are medieval, dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. Outside, the churchyard is a haven for birds and butterflies and wild flowers, including ordhids. The churchyard also has six Commonwealth War Graves. Five of the graves are of soldierskilled in the First World War but the sixth grave is slightly unusual. This grave is that of an R D Maule, a volunteer, who was a motorcyclist rider for the 23rd Knet Batallion (Hawkhurst) of the Home Guard. R D Maule was killed in the Second World War on 2 March 1942.
    Written November 26, 2019
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  • Geoff H
    Cranbrook, UK12,187 contributions
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    Sandhurst War Memorial is a cross designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who also designed the Cenotaph in London. As Sir Edwin designed only 15 of these crosses, Sandhurst War Memorial is a fairly rare War Memorial. Situated immediately in front of Sandhurst's Clock Tower (which dates from 1889 and which rises immediately behind the Memorial on its main axis), Sir Edwin's Portland stone cross sits on a plinth of three rectangular stone blocks on a base of two shallow steps. The cross is situated in an elaborate, beautiful setting because leading out from each side of the base are parallel strips of Portland stone. The arms of three of these strips end at stone benches whilst the fourth, the foot, terminates in a flower bed, which is also bordered by Portland stone. Inscribed on the three sections of the plinth are the dedication (top section), the 34 names of those who fell in World War I (on the base section) and the dates and 8 names of those who were killed in the Second World War (on the middle section). The dedication reads "TO THE BRAVE MEN OF SANDHURST WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WARS". As the Memorial was unveiled in August 1923, the 'S' in "WARS" in the dedication and the dates and names on the middle section of the plinth were added to the Memorial at a later date. Sandhurst War Memorial was designated a grade II listed building on 5 JULY 1993. Later, in November 2015 and as part of the Commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War, the war memorials designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens were recognised as a "national collection". Sandhurst War Memorial is included in this "national collection" and it is fitting that it is in a beautiful setting where one can stand in silence for a few moments and pay tribute to the memory of those brave men who paid the ultimate sacrifiec for our freedom today.
    Written January 6, 2020
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  • Geoff H
    Cranbrook, UK12,187 contributions
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    Erected in 1889 to honour a highly respected village resident and Justice of the Peace, a Captain Arthur Oate, the Victorian Sandhurst Clock Tower was built on the Upper Green next to the village's War Memorial. Captain Oate lived at a proprty called Downgate and the clock tower was built so that the west face of the clock directly faced the front door of Downgate. The clock in the clock does not adhere to Greenwich Mean Time as it is mounted on wood; which is subject to atmospheric pressure and so effects the clock's movement. In 1989, in celebration of the Clock Tower's centenary, a set of commortative chinaware was produced. In 1989, the Eiffel Tower was also celebrating its centenary and a set of Sandhurst's celebratory chinaware was presented to the then Mayor of Paris, Monsieur Jacques Chirac
    Written January 11, 2020
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