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Amersham War Memorial Gains Grade Ii Listing


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#1 Fran

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 07:22 PM

I'm not sure how common it is for small monuments to be listed (other than when they're part of a listed property or conservation area), but our war memorial and the bronze plaque behind it have just been given Grade II listed status. As they're situated in the Memorial Gardens, I don't expect they were under any threat, but it's probably good to accord them protection.

The reasons include the historical and architectural interest, including the fact that the 1921 cross is "an ornate example of the oft-used market cross style of memorial with well executed Arts and Craft influenced floral and Gothic tracery".

So next time you're in the old town, maybe you will appreciate it even more. :)

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 10:05 PM

There's an article about this in the Examiner this week (page 12), illustrated with a photo that chops off the top of the memorial and where much of the rest of it is hard to make out because it blends into the tree!



The picture is now on their website. Not quite as much of the top chopped off, but you can still see how the main feature at the top, which is the most elaborately carved, is rendered to a blur amongst the branches: Examiner article. Very poor.

Edited by Fran, 05 June 2010 - 10:58 PM.
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