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Spalding's renowned WWI Memorial to be restored

Spalding's nationally important WWI Memorial is to be spruced-up in time for the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

The memorial in Ayscoughfee Gardens was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens - architect of The Cenotaph in London - and its grade II listed status was upgraded to grade 1 in 2015.

A specialist contractor will clean the memorial with soap, water and scrubbing brushes.

The memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens complements the 18th Century layout of Ayscoughgfee Gardens. (SG-241018-001TW)
The memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens complements the 18th Century layout of Ayscoughgfee Gardens. (SG-241018-001TW)

Damaged areas of render will be cut out and repaired with lime mortar, and repaired areas will be repainted with masonry paint to match the existing finish.

Julia Knight, manager of Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens, said: "The design of the memorial is unique in Lutyens' canon, having been designed to complement the existing 18th Century layout of Ayscoughfee Gardens.

"The memorial is in need of cosmetic cleaning to be carried out to ensure the protection and enhancement of this nationally significant structure.

"Suitable methodology has been identified, and will be carried out by a conservation-trained contractor."

She had applied to South Holland District Council for listed building consent for the work but the council decided special permission is not necessary.

A council spokesman said: "This year's clean-up work will be completed in time for the Remembrance Sunday service at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens.”

The council was asked about the cost of the work but did not provide a figure.

BBC 1's Inside Out recently filmed the memorial and it's believed the programme will air on Monday, November 5 at 7.30pm.

According to the Imperial War Museum, Spalding's WWI Memorial was unveiled on June 8, 1922.

It was paid for by public subscription and building work took place in 1921 and 1922.

South Holland District Council chairman Rodney Grocock, who is leading the fundraising campaign to build a WWII memorial, says: "To have a Lutyens' memorial of that magnitude in Spalding is just incredible."

Coun Grocock says the structure is the envy of other towns.

He said: "You would not find a memorial in the whole of south Lincolnshire to match that one."

John Charlesworth, from Spalding Civic Society, said: "Most war memorials are in busy town centres, often now swamped by traffic.

"Spalding must be almost unique in having its memorial in the green beauty and tranquility of Ayscoughfee Gardens."

He said the architectural scholar and writer Pevsner described the war memorial's setting as "reminiscent of a formal Italian garden".


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