Cheshire East War Memorials Aura Conservation secured the contract for conservation and restoration works to ten war memorials within the Borough of Cheshire East Council. Cheshire East council earmarked funding specifically for the specialist restoration works as it was essential that they be in top condition for the 2014 commemorative ceremonies set to take place to honour those involved in the First World War.
The memorials included;
Residing in the town centre of Sandbach this war memorial is constructed of Portland stone and consists of an elaborate Eleanor Cross standing on an octagonal plinth and octagonal Gothic style central tower and is framed by an octagonal dwarf wall. The memorial was in need of cosmetic attention due to a buildup of algae and weathering, consequently it appeared dark and grimy. The stone around the base had become damaged and required some indent work carried out and parapet walls were rebuilt in new Portland stone with repaired and new copings fixed in place. The stonework and localised paving was repointed and Jos cleaned, followed by application of a preventative treatment called Algo Bio to prevent algae build up.
The Grade II Listed Disley war memorial is a sandstone Latin octagonal cross with splayed ends. The front face has a bronze Sword of Sacrifice. The cross is set above a stepped plinth with inscriptions in flush lead. The memorial is set within a raised paved area with a boundary wall and a flight of three steps, located on Ram Green in the village of Disley. The work incorporated re-pointing of stone work, and stone indents with an algaecide treatment applied to all stonework in the form of Algo Bio, once a Jos cleaning process was complete. A substantial amount of new stone was required for copings and the monument plinth which involved the replacement of replica detailing.
The memorial originally stood in the Brunner Mond Works, Sandbach as a monument to the employees of the Brunner Mond Company who died in WW1. The memorial underwent localised repointing and an overall Jos cleaning system carried out to remove excess soiling and algae. The bronze plaques and finials were carefully cleaned and re-waxed removing the high levels of soiling and moss build up over the years.
Located at the front of the church, the memorial is a stone column on a base of three stone steps seated on an octagonal plinth. The names of those who lost their lives in the two world wars are recorded on the base in marble, with the crucifixion of Christ at the top. The memorial was unveiled in 1921. The memorial had gone many years without attention which resulted in a buildup of algae and weathering consequently it appeared dark and grimy. The stone work and localised paving was repointed and Jos cleaned followed by a preventative treatment called Algo Bio to prevent algae build up and the assortment of bronze plaques received a well deserved clean and re-waxing.
The plaques at Christ Church were removed from the Britannia war memorial when it was moved from Market Square to Municipal Square in 2006. The memorial had a new base plinth and plaques made which included 85 names that had been previously omitted. The stone plinths were repaired, repointed, cleaned and treated with an algae preventative coating called Algo Bio, to help prevent algae build up. Badly damaged stone was indent repaired and the surrounding paving re-laid, repaired, re-pointed and Jos cleaned. The bronze plaques were carefully cleaned and re-waxed removing the high levels of soiling and moss build up over the years.
The Grade II Listed Britannia war memorial was moved from Market Square to Municipal Square in 2006. It consists of a bronze sculpture of Britannia standing on a pedestal of Darley Dale limestone. The stone was repointed, cleaned and treated with an algae preventative coating called Algo Bio, to help prevent algae build up. The bronze Statue of Britannia had to be accessed via cherry picker and fenced off accordingly due to the pedestrianised area it resides in. The bronze was specialist cleaned and a wax protective coating applied.
There were a number of other monuments in Cheshire which required similar works including stone repairs/replacement, repointing, masonry cleaning, bronze cleaning, waxing and paving. A specialist bronze cleaning process was strictly adhered to in order to preserve the fine detailing on the assorted sculptures and plaques at the various locations;