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Stafford war memorial clean up gets go-ahead

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 06, 2014

The war memorial in Victoria Square, Stafford.

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ONE of Stafford's iconic war memorials is set to get a spruce-up ahead of the centenary of the First World War.

The monument in Victoria Square was constructed around 1920 to remember those who gave their lives in the conflict, from 1914 to 18. It has since been used to commemorate the fallen in later wars.

Stafford Borough Council applied for permission to clean the Grade II listed memorial, which is topped with a bronze figure, and the planning committee gave permission at its meeting last week.

The memorial will be cleaned using a steam system and cracked and defective mortar joints are to be repointed using lime mortar. Lettering that has become blurred will be re-cut to increase definition.

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A report to the committee said: "English Heritage revised their guidance on the Conservation of War Memorials in March 2014. Whilst stating that cleaning should only be carried out to remove deposits, staining

and biological growth, and not for aesthetic reasons, it is also acknowledged that it is important for inscriptions to remain legible.

"In the case of the memorial, there is some severe staining due to the bronze garlands fixed above the inscriptions, and a degree of biological growth which it would be beneficial to remove to reduce future degradation.

"The majority of letters remain well-defined, but some would benefit from cleaning to increase legibility."

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