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Rupert Brooke's signature


While Grantchester is home to a popular Rupert Brooke museum and his name features on the village’s First World War memorial, there is no dedicated public memorial to him alone at Grantchester.

Papers on this subject question where Rupert Brooke felt most at home and where would be the most appropriate location for a memorial. His first memorial was at Rugby, where they created a memorial plaque based on a famous photograph by Sherrill Schell. Although Grantchester was not originally considered the most fitting place for his memorial, there have been subsequent discussions of creating a further memorial to him there.

At ten to three on 11 June 2006, Lady Margaret Thatcher unveiled a statue at the front of the Old Vicarage. Commissioned by the current owners of the Old Vicarage, the sculpture by Paul Day shows Rupert Brooke standing proudly in his military uniform. Though it is not a public memorial, it can be seen by passers-by.


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