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Little Dunmow War Memorials

By Ian Sewell

This article was originally published in the August 2004 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society

 

There are two memorials, one for the dead and the other for those that served

 

   

WAR MEMORIAL

 

There is a painted memorial designed by Florence Burnett of Grantham, executed by Messrs. W. Perry Leach & Sons of Cambridge, sadly spoilt by the ingress of water from a fractured downpipe and scheduled for restoration in 1994. A parchment roll of honour from World War I will also be mounted on the wall together with a slate tablet relating to both World Wars donated by the Parish Council. The oak standard candlesticks were carved by F. Coulson Davis of Colchester from wood recovered from an old farmhouse at Aythorpe Roding which was being demolished. A proposal to erect a 'wayside cross' outside the Church was rejected by the village, but donations were made from the war memorial fund towards the purchase of a playing field.

 

THE PARISH CHURCH TODAY

 

Little Dunmow Parish ChurchThe Parish Church underwent a major renovation and re-ordering during the 1870's, and the Church you see today is largely the work of the celebrated Church Architect Fred Chancellor (1825-1918). His work includes the East Window; The Pulpit; The Chancel steps; The Bell Tower; Buttresses on the South Wall; the present pews; and the re-positioning of most of the North Wall including the building of a small vestry.

 

As you stand by the door looking down the Church you are facing east with the north wall on your left, and the south wall on your right. The Church is 76.5 ft. long and 18 ft. wide. The building of the Priory took many years, and the Church dates from the fourteenth century although, the arches forming the arcade on the north side are twelfth century

 

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