LOUTH WAR MEMORIAL REPORT
Issued by Louth Town Council 01/05/2015
Louth War Memorial was unveiled in 1921, and was designated as Grade II Listed by English Heritage in 2014 for the following principal reasons:
* Historical interest: it is a moving reminder of the impact on the community of two World Wars and of the sacrifice suffered. The identification of the model for the soldier depicted, Regimental Sergeant Major George Frederick Jones, is of additional historical interest, as is the inclusion of the names of civilians killed in Louth in the Second World War.
* Design and presence: its design is powerful, detailed and considered, and its height and position on the corner of Ramsgate and Eastgate give it prominence in the Louth streetscape.
Louth Town Council Responsibility:
The monies raised for the building of the war memorial were by public subscription and whilst the War Memorial does not appear as an asset on the Town Council Inventory there is a default responsibility in the absence of any higher authority being involved.
Repair and Restoration Plans:
Following the vehicle incident on Sunday 15th March 2015 at 8.45pm, initial work carried out to the war memorial was to ensure public safety by checking that the main memorial was structurally sound and to safeguard the memorial features by removing all loose items.
Following agreement with the Insurance Company involved a Conservation Surveyor has been appointed to ensure that any work carried out is to the required standard expected by members of the public, Royal British Legion and the Conservation Planning Officer.
Although background work has commenced some aspects require more thorough investigations to ensure that those standards are met such as sourcing the same or best match stone. Some of the other things to be considered are the best way to tackle chips on the main memorial, ‘liquid’ damage to stonework, repairing lettering on the main column and shields, and the rebuilding of the wall and railings. Louth Town Council already had plans to clean the memorial in hand and this will now be incorporated into the repair work.
Louth Town Council is committed to restoring the war memorial as quickly as possible but until some major factors such as acquiring the correct stone are known no timescale can be established. It is hoped that the wall and railings can be reconstructed first which will allow the barriers to be removed and followed later by the more specialist masonry repairs.
Sadly this does mean that there will be no VE Day Remembrance gathering at the War Memorial on Friday 8th May 2015 at 3pm and this has been relocated to St Stephens Chapel within St James Church where all are welcome.
For more information please contact the Town Clerk Mrs Linda Blankley on 01507 355895 or call at The Sessions House, Eastgate or email@example.com
Last modified: 19/05/16