Hindon War Memorial

We have been involved in a project of restoration to the memorial that commemorates those who lost their lives in First World War.

It is constructed of Oolitic limestone from the Jurassic - Portland series. Portland Basebed which is widely used for war memorials around the Commonwealth. It was formerly surmounted by a lantern arrangement which was missing until reinstated by us.

Above. you see the original position, with lantern.

In 1943 a runaway tank of the Irish Guards failed to accommodate the memorial successfully. The resultant damage was such that after the war the decision was made to move the remnants to a safer position adjacent to the church, unfortunately the lantern was not reinstated and it was subsequently felt that it had lost some of its noble aspect.

The restoration project was conceived by local resident, Col J Kitching who secured a grant for the works. As usual we undertook the work ourselves, in-house, and it provided useful extra experience for our newly qualified apprentices. Working from a single grainy photograph we were able to provide scale drawings for the clients approval and working templates for the new sections.. We even made the leaded lights and a new metal casement window ourselves to allow internal access.

The monument was treated to a lime sheltercoat that was subsequently rubbed back with hessian sacking, this filled cracks and helped consolidate the surface.
Here is the restored monument in its new position complete with rebuilt lantern. See the gallery below for more details about the construction.