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Steeple Morden

Town or City: Royston
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM2050

Value of grant: £768.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: Small Grants Scheme
Year: 2009

UKNIWM reference number: 865

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Steeple Morden war memorial before conservation works © Ray Leach, 2009Steeple Morden war memorial is situated within the Churchyard of St Peter and St Paul, a Grade II* listed Church located on Hay Street and within a conservation area. The memorial is comprised of a small cross on top of a tapering shaft mounted on a polygonal plinth, itself surmounting a polygonal base. The whole is constructed of Ketton stone, a limestone unique to the county of Rutland. The inscriptions are carved in relief and commemorate those who served and were killed in World War I.

A grant of £768 was provided through the Small Grants Scheme towards conservation works. All defective joints were re-pointed with hydraulic lime mortar, loose flints were replaced or re-fixed and all the flint panels were re-pointed with lime mortar. Damaged coping stones were replaced and open joints re-pointed with lime mortar. The memorial was also cleaned with water and non-metallic bristle brushes to remove some of the heavy lichen and to allow for the works to be undertaken.Steeple Morden war memorial after conservation works © Ray Leach, 2009

The memorial was designed by Mr Jeffrey Lucas and constructed by Mr W. Whitehead of Royston. It was dedicated on Sunday 12th December 1920 which was attended by approximately three hundred people, during which the memorial was unveiled by Lieutenant Colonel E. C. M. Phillips DSO.

The main inscription panel reads:

“Steeple Morden
in honour of those
who fought & in
memory of those
who fell in the
Great War

The left and right panels either side of this inscription are both headed by the word “Fallen” followed by the names of those killed.

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM2050
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 865

War Memorials Online: 121638

The National Heritage List for England: 1164121

Roll of Honour

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

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