Grant for Watford landmark makeover

Watford Observer: Grant for Watford landmark makeover Grant for Watford landmark makeover

A memorial in Watford is set for a makeover after a £5,167 grant has been awarded by a heritage body.

The three bronze figures and stone base of the Peace Memorial, next to Watford Town Hall, will get a deep clean and repairs, after the borough council made a successful application to English Heritage and the Wolfson Foundation.

The Grade II listed memorial's condition has suffered over the course of several decades.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill said: "The unique Peace Memorial is a very well known landmark for residents and visitors to Watford.

"This grant enables us to lavish the care and attention that this wonderful memorial deserves."

The work has an estimated cost of £10,335 and is scheduled to take place over the next few months.

The bronze statues were originally made in plaster during the First World War by local sculptor Mary Pownall Bromet, and were offered to the Peace Memorial Hospital during the 1920s.

The community raised money to cast the figures in bronze and erect them on a base of Portland stone in front of the hospital, with an unveiling by the Earl of Clarendon on 18 July 1928.

The memorial was then moved to its current location in 1971.

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3:22pm Mon 4 Feb 13

TRT says...

A fraction of the cost of putting a bridge over the pond, I note.
A fraction of the cost of putting a bridge over the pond, I note. TRT

3:27pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Mohandas says...

A bit of TLC on preserving this wonderful monument is just what the doctor ordered.
A bit of TLC on preserving this wonderful monument is just what the doctor ordered. Mohandas

4:45pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Sanity 750 says...

Well said Councillor Meerabux (Mohandas)
Well said Councillor Meerabux (Mohandas) Sanity 750

4:57pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Andrew1963 says...

I always was very proud asc a teenager that our predecessors in the town erected a 'Peace Memorial' rather than a 'War memorial' - Although I later foundout there is also a war memorial at Vicarage road cemetry. These are still the best pieces of public sculpture in the town by a country mile.
I always was very proud asc a teenager that our predecessors in the town erected a 'Peace Memorial' rather than a 'War memorial' - Although I later foundout there is also a war memorial at Vicarage road cemetry. These are still the best pieces of public sculpture in the town by a country mile. Andrew1963

9:12am Tue 5 Feb 13

watford1881 says...

We must remember.. Keep teaching in school so to help stop future world wars...
We must remember.. Keep teaching in school so to help stop future world wars... watford1881

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