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Charlton Mackrell

Town or City: Charlton Mackrell
County: Somerset
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM5188

Value of grant: £2450.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: Small Grants Scheme
Year: 2012

UKNIWM reference number: 24828

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This memorial consists of a limestone monolith on a two stepped base located within a small garden of remembrance on the edge of an A-road running through the village of Charlton Mackrell. The memorial is dedicated to the men of the Parish who lost their lives in World War I and World War II.

In 2012 War Memorials Trust offered a grant of £2,450 towardsCharlton Mackrell war memorial © Charlton Mackrell PC, 2011 repairs to the memorial, which included structural consolidation as the memorial was showing signs of movement. Inappropriate repairs carried out in the past using cement had resulted in a progressive outward displacement of the plinth courses, fracture of the stones, entrapment of moisture behind the cement pointing and the ingress of organic matter. Without removal of the cement, the memorial would have continued to splay outwards and would eventually be at risk of collapse. 

The displaced plinth stones Charlton Mackrell war memorial © Charlton Mackrell PC, 2011within the memorial were carefully removed and cleaned of soil, cement mortar and organic matter. The fractured stones were also cleaned of residue and pinned together using stainless steel rods set in epoxy resin and lime grout. The memorial was re-assembled and the joints were re-pointed using a lime mortar. The monument was then wrapped in a hessian to allow the lime mortar to slowly set without being damaged by water or frost.

Charlton Mackrell war memorial © Charlton Mackrell PC, 2013The war memorial and the garden of remembrance were designed by Captain W F Dickinson FRIBA of Kingweston and built of local stone by Jack Gibbs and other men of the village and assisted by boys from the village school. It was dedicated on 28th June 1930.

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM5188
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 24828

War Memorials Online: 140777

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

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