Month: November 2012

Runnymede War Memorial – RAF

The RAF War memorial is one of the most serene places I have ever visited.

It is situated on Cooper’s Hill, Runnymede, twenty three miles south west from London; a memorial to 20,456 airmen who have no known grave.

Whoever choose this location knew what they doing.  If you stand at the back of the memorial and look from the hill towards Windsor you can see aircraft making their approach to Heathrow.

Tranquil, poignant, an emotional place tucked away from the noise and bustle of life.

A visit at anytime of the year is worth it. Sometimes you see a few people inside. I have been quite a few times often being the only one there. Though on my last visit there was a family group at the main gate. I asked if they wanted me to take a photograpgh of them. I did. The old lady in the group had been at the memorial on the day when it was opened by the Queen on October 17th 1957.

“The memorial was designed by Sir Edward Maufe with sculpture by Vernon Hill. The engraved glass and painted ceilings were designed by John Hutton and the poem engraved on the gallery window was written by Paul H Scott. The Memorial was unveiled by The Queen on 17 October 1953″. Wikipedia.
Sir Edward Maufe

It is immaculate, peaceful and calm. Not a blade of grass is out of place.

If you should go be prepared to have your emotions shaken.

Opening times

1 November – 31 March:
Weekdays: 09.00 – 16.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00 – 16.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner

1 April – 31 October:
Weekdays: 09.00 – 18.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00 – 18.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner

Click on the first photograph to get a slide show with larger images.

Thank you for visiting.