Sheering War Memorial

Existing Monuments

May 2023

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The Sheering War Memorial is a classic monument with majestic features and beautiful symmetry. Located at the crossroads of B183 and Church Lane in Sheering, Epping Forest, Essex, it is constructed from natural limestone.

The monument features a Latin-style cross set on a multi-tiered base at the road junction. The base bears names and inscriptions, with a sword carved into the head and shaft of the cross. It is situated within a low-walled, slightly elevated, crazy-paved area with an entrance gap in the wall.

The main inscription is:

“This memorial is erected to the glory of god who gave us the victory in the great war 1914-1918 Word War II 1939-1945 / in grateful memory (names) in glorious memory of the 20 men of this parish who gave their lives for their king and county (names) in honour of the women who nursed the sick and wounded (names) in honour of the 120 men of the Parish who joined his majesty‚Äôs forces (names).”

This particular project involved cleaning and renovation to bring this monument back to its best.

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ABOVE: The professional DOFF cleaning reveals the true colours of the limestone, such a difference to how it looked previously.

The stone had started to discolour due to biological growths. Combined with surface debris and pollutants from the highways, it certainly benefitted from our careful, professional cleaning. Less detailed and carved areas were cleaned using the DOFF system, which removes surface deposits, including biological growths.

The pointing of the stonework throughout the memorial had begun to crumble and fail, leading to potential rapid deterioration if it hadn’t been addressed. We removed any loose, or defective mortar and re-pointed using mortar of a matching colour and texture.

BELOW: A closer look at the inscription, made further legible after the cleaning process especially after the removal of biological growths – the pointing now completed as well.

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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.

Our works to the Sheering War Memorial included:

1. Professional clean the memorial including the cross, shaft plinth and bases by hand and by utilising the DOFF method.

2. Carefully carry out repairs to damaged areas of stonework

3. Re-engrave approximately 100 characters of inscription

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