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Town or City: Helsby
County: Cheshire
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM1557

Value of grant: £1350.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: English Heritage/Wolfson Foundation Grants
Year: 2005

UKNIWM reference number: 2155

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Helsby war memorial after work © Helsby Parish Council, 2005The war memorial in the Cheshire village of Helsby is a sandstone Celtic cross with decoration to the head and the shaft, on a plinth and a three-stepped base. There are inscriptions on the front face of the plinth. The memorial is situated in the churchyard of Helsby parish church, St Paul’s on Chester Road.

In 2005/6 English Heritage and the Wolfson Foundation gave a grant of £1,350 towards work to clean away algae and lichen with low pressure steam, to clean areas covered with black pollution by infra-red laser, to re-cut the inscriptions, which were very hard to read, and to re-point areas where necessary. Some areas of the stone
were starting to deteriorate and these were treated with a consolidant.

The dedication on the front of the memorial reads

"Erected by the
parishoners of Helsby
in proud and
grateful remembrance
of the men of Helsby
parish who died for their
king and country
in the great wars
1914 – 1918, 1939 – 1945"

The names of the fallen are written in two columns, with those of World War I on the left under the dates of that conflict and those of World War II on the right under the dates of that conflict.

The memorial was unveiled on 25th April 1920 by James Taylor JP. The architect was Mr R.H. Lockwood and the mason W. Heswall and Son.

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM1557
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 2155

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

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