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Swaffham Bulbeck

Town or City: Cambridge
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM3791

Value of grant: £935.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: Small Grants Scheme
Year: 2010

UKNIWM reference number: 876

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The memorial before cleaning and repair © Swaffham Bulbeck Parish Council, 2010The memorial is situated on Stocks Green, between the two branches of the High Street within Swaffham Bulbeck. It is a Celtic cross surmounting a rectangular plinth that tapers from the base; this rests on a three-stepped base. The cross, plinth and top step are of rough hewn Cornish granite, the lower steps are a lime concrete base with a cement render. The front faces of the plinth and granite step have been dressed and bear inscriptions for World Wars One and Two.

In 2010, a grant of £935 was offered through the Small Grants Scheme towards repair and cleaning works. The render of the concrete steps was extensively damaged with cracks and sections which were missing. This was removed and the steps were reformed with waterproof render and finished with waterproof cement and sealant. The granite surfaces were cleaned with low pressure water and non-metallic brushes and all joints re-pointed with lime mortar mix. Damaged letters were replaced and all lettering re-painted in black enamel.The damaged steps © Swaffham Bulbeck Parish Council, 2010

Construction of the memorial was undertaken by Messrs. Goddard of Bury St Edmunds and H. & F. Stevens of Swaffham Bulbeck. The memorial was unveiled on 16th January 1921, with dedication by Frederic Henry Chase, Bishop of Ely. Costs were met through public funding.

The front face of the plinth is inscribed with the names of fifteen men killed in the First World War.Swaffham Bulbeck war memorial following cleaning and repair © Swaffham Bulbeck Parish Council, 2011

The inscriptions read:

“In honoured memory of
parishioners who fell in the
Great War 1914 – 1918.”

“G. N. Day.
E. Peters.
A. G. Brown.
B. Fordham.
O. J. Butler.
A. E. Pearman.
A. E. Cornwell.
A. Shipp.
E. Rolph.
E. T. Scott.
H. G. Butler.
J. Lawrence.
A. J. Johnson.
A. J. Wisbeach.
M. A. Bareford.”

Below the names is the inscription:

“Their name liveth for evermore.”

The front face of the granite step is inscribed:

“1939 – 1945”

“James W. Marsh   Terence G. Miller
John S. Waters”.

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM3791
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 876

War Memorials Online

Roll of Honour

If you have a concern about this memorial please contact the Trust on conservation@warmemorials.org

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