Upton Parish Council is delighted to announce the completed refurbishment of its War Memorial, which has been made possible by the acquisition of a grant of £6,010 from the War Memorials Trust, as part of their commemoration of the First World War.
Cllr Jean Evans led for the Parish Council in researching the memorial’s heritage and negotiating with Donald Insall Associates, who as experts in architectural heritage, were the ideal professionals to advise and recommend firms who would be interested in and able to carry out the work. The contract was awarded to Recclesia Ltd.
The work included stone cleaning, repointing using a special lime based mortar and sharpening all lettering. In addition repair, replace and repointing for all the surrounding flag stones.
In the course of researching, some interesting detail about Upton was unearthed from Parish Council meetings of the time. A fund was set up and by September 25th 1919 £475 had been received. It had been planned to erect the memorial opposite the Wheatsheaf but it was felt by some that the Cross, where it now is, would be more appropriate.
Sir Philip Egerton was approached about using the land which he donated to the community in memory of his sons who had been killed in the war.
Frances Moreton, Director, War Memorials Trust said, “War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared pas creating a link between the fallen and today. It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best possible condition for their age and the charity is delighted to support this project. The centenary of World War I is a wonderful opportunity for local communities across the country to protect and conserve their war memorials; if anyone knows of any other war memorials in need of help please contact us.”
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Upton and District War Memorial Cross to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The memorial is now listed at Grade II.
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