Whitchurch War Memorial

Existing Monuments

2009, 2011 & 2023

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Stone, Brass, Royal Marines

In the heart of the town of Whitchurch in Cardiff stands a monument of great significance and reverence. This monument consists of a polished Cornish light grey granite obelisk, complemented by two matching bases and set atop three tiers of rustic-finished Cornish granite steps.

The front face of the obelisk has engraved, embossed dates and an inscription in raised lead with black enamel lettering. The other faces of the obelisk and its bases also feature raised lead inscriptions, similarly coated in black enamel.

Atop the obelisk, a bronze statue of a life-sized soldier, bowed in respect, commands attention. The monument, with an impressive overall height of approximately 5.5 meters, stands as a solemn tribute to the fallen.

BELOW: Views of the magnificent monument. Beautiful materials in a beautiful setting.

FRONT VIEW

SIDE VIEW

FRONT

SIDE

Our work started back in 2009 when two additional names were to be added to the memorial in the exact style as the others already present – a task for one of our experienced artisans.

Granite, memorial, hand painted

ABOVE: The two names needed to be added to the bottom of the right and left columns of text.

BELOW: On the left shows the additional names on the base section of the memorial. The photo on the right shows one of our artisans at work on the raised letters two years later.

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Two years later in 2011 we returned to not only clean the memorial but to address issues with the raised lettering. While the lead lettering remained in fairly good condition, the black enamel had weathered over time, flaking and missing in most areas. To preserve the legibility of the inscriptions, the remaining enamel needed to be carefully removed, the lead surface primed, and new enamel applied. We are well-experienced in this kind of lettering work.

We then removed remnants of the flaking paint work on the existing posts and chain work surrounding the monument prior to re-painting.

Surrounding the monument is a concrete paver-kerb, with one paver missing and several others loose. The missing paver was replaced, and the loose ones secured.

BELOW: Not only is it the memorial itself that we ensure high-quality refurbishment but the surroundings as well. Treating metal posts and chain is something we’re well rehearsed at.

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AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

We returned to the monument in April 2023 to use the trusted DOFF cleaning method on the granite sections of the memorial. This was prior to some re-pointing work to the stone.

We then removed and re-coated all the raised letters with enamel paint just as we did before and repaired or replaced a few of the letters. A re-coating was also required for the surrounding metal posts and chain.

Our maintenance work on this visit was very similar to what we carried out many years prior. It is the essential work we highly recommend for war memorials exposed to the elements to keep them looking their best. We’re highly experienced and skilled in carrying out this kind of work.

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