A Letter from Nantwich

June 2004

Lean times in the town centre

CONTRACTORS have just spent three weeks correcting a lean in the war memorial on Nantwich Square. They have filled a cavity underneath it with foam which, hopefully, will keep it upright.

   News that there was anything wrong came at New Year when the local council decreed that the memorial should be fenced off to stop revellers climbing up it.

   Boo! Shame!! Spoil sports!!!

   But now we know there was more to it than bureaucrats getting heavy handed. Someone could have been hurt, not to mention the damage that could have occurred to a sacred piece of stonework.

   The memorial commemorates the fallen of two World Wars and subsequent  conflicts and - presumably because of its location in front of Nantwich Parish Church - there is a crucifix rather than a statue of an armed soldier surmounting it.

  Around the base are marble plaques recorded the names of the sons of Nantwich who failed to return home when England went to war.  

    Black boarding, edged in white, surrounded the memorial as the

contractors went about their work (right). This, we were assured by The Nantwich Chronicle in advance of the operation, would take place "only during normal working hours from Monday to Friday" and would be completed discreetly "without the use of mechanical diggers."

   Now the work is finished (left) and all is well again for some time to come yet, hopefully.   

 

HISTORICAL note: The war memorial was unveiled by General Sir Beauvoir de Lisle on September 25, 1921. It cost 925 to construct; the money being raised by public subscription. [Source: the former Crewe and Nantwich |Borough Council.

 

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