King George V Memorial commemorates the first monarch of the House of Windsor. The memorial fountain was executed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, R.A. It was paid for by public subscription, mainly locally, but funds also came from Windsor, Ontario in Canada. George V (1865-1936) founded the House of Windsor in 1917, replacing the previous name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, due to the anti-German sentiment prevalent during the First World War (1914-18). The memorial stands on land presented by Viscount Wakefield, near the site where three Windsor men were martyred for their faith on 28 July 1543 – Henry Filmer, Anthony Pierson and Robert Testwood.King George VI, second son of the King, unveiled the fountain on 23 April 1937. He arrived by car as the carriages were in London for the Coronation. The King said: ‘This memorial will be a new link in the long chain of associations which has bound together my House and the citizens of Windsor.’ John Piper and John Betjeman wrote: ‘The mouldings are bold and simple, the proportion graceful, with its insistence on horizontal lines.’ The garden area here was created by the Windsor Heritage Committee and sponsored by Marks & Spencer in 2008.
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