Pentyrch War Memorial

Existing Monuments

May 2023

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Stone, Brass, Royal Marines

The Pentyrch war memorial is a stunning memorial standing four meters tall. The memorial is situated on Heol Goch, opposite the Lewis Arms in Pentyrch, North West Cardiff.

Its composition is of a four-section light grey granite flat-top obelisk set on a shallow, tapered-sided plinth with two matching tiered steps. The top front section of the obelisk features a wreath in bas-relief. It is set on a large concrete foundation.

Over time, the memorial had weathered and become embedded with biological growths as well as carbon deposits from its proximity to the highway and airborne pollutants. This had to be addressed along with some new protection applied to the lettering which had been compromised in years passed.

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ABOVE: The memorial is a beautiful design. The DOFF cleaning and re-enamelling of the letters restored its beauty for years to come.

The most detailed and delicate areas of the finely carved wreath relief on the obelisk required careful specialist hand-cleaning. The concrete foundation area also needed cleaning, this we did using the proven DOFF cleaning system.

BELOW: Essential work was required for the joints and protective enamelling on the raised letters.

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ABOVE: Evidence that careful cleaning and maintenance is essential to keeping war memorials looking their best protecting the respect they represent.

The granite blockwork throughout the memorial had begun to crumble and fail. Defective or missing pointing compromised the monument’s structural integrity and so we removed any loose or defective mortar and re-pointed those areas with a mortar of matching colour and texture.

The obelisk was engraved on two sides with black enamel-painted raised lead inscriptions, which were in fairly poor condition. Some letters were damaged, and one letter on the front side inscription was missing. The inscription needed repair and replacement and re-enameling for future legibility.

Overall, the restoration work we did will preserve the memorial’s structural integrity and aesthetic value, ensuring it remains a fitting tribute to those it honored.

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