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