Manchester Piccadilly Train Station War Memorial – May 05, 2016

New Monuments

May 2016

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Granite, memorial, hand painted

War Memorial Restoration Co had been given the honour of creating a new memorial for Manchester Piccadilly train station. Originally, a bronze plaque was fitted at the train station to commemorate the 87 employees of the London and Northwest Railway Company who lost their lives during World War I.

BELOW: Careful lifting from the flat-bed truck

Granite, memorial, hand painted
Granite, memorial, hand painted

At the time Manchester Piccadilly Station was still known as London Road Station and therefore the plaque was known as the London Road Goods Department Memorial. This plaque not only contained the names of the railway company’s employees, but also honoured all 580 men from London Road who served during the war.

Granite, memorial, hand painted

During the 1960’s, London Road underwent a redevelopment into Manchester Piccadilly, it was during this time that the plaque was lost and never recovered. Luckily, a photo of the original memorial had been found which has allowed the names to be accurately replicated.

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ABOVE: The memorial looks magnificent at the Manchester Piccadilly Station.

The replacement memorial was carved from the finest Karin grey granite, measuring 80” by 42”, and features carved and hand-finished lettering of the names of the 87 men who tragically lost their lives.

Granite, memorial, hand painted

ABOVE: Miltary respect at the unveiling in 2016.

The memorial now proudly sits on Platform 10 of Manchester Piccadilly, which is owned by Network Rail. The station is most commonly used by Virgin Trains and accommodates up to 25 million people per year.

Granite, memorial, hand painted

ABOVE: Michael Portillo at the unveiling at Manchester Piccadilly Station.

Granite, memorial, hand painted

ABOVE: An honourable turn-out at the unveiling of the War Memorial in 2016

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