RUISLIP, Hillingdon, London – St Martin. 

War Memorial 1919

This takes the form of a “Calvary for those who have fallen in the War” (Fellowes Prynne’s notes). It is a huge stone crucifix outside the church.  Dart and Francis archives gave the following information concerning this memorial.

13 June 1919 (in response to request for estimate), granite masons were instructed to look into the matter of cost.

17 June 1919 – the following estimate was issued:

  1. In Portland Stone, finely tooled finish – £400
  2. If in best Cornish granite, with all the work that entailed – £537 – inclusive of fixing “bronze figure”.

26 June 1919 – it appeared that the cost was going to prove a problem, even after the contractor provided revised estimates. However, it was eventually ordered and built, presumably by Dart and Francis, and it is evident that the cheaper option was chosen.

The photograph of the War Memorial is by Andrew Hackney, from  The postcard showing it in relation to the church was posted in 1939.