Marple Civic Society record all local First World War memorials

Marple’s war memorials project began with a workshop held by Civic Voice in November 2016. Marple Civic Society helped to bring together an enthusiastic crowd of its own members, as well as people from all denominations of churches in Marple and Marple Bridge, and members of other local societies including Marple Historical Society, Hawk Green Residents’ Association and Friends of Memorial Park, Marple.

It was in the town’s War Memorial Park that the survey and workshop took place. Gathered around the stone statue mounted on a granite plinth, the group learned how to examine the various parts of the memorial for signs of weathering or decay, where pointing or repair might be needed, or where cleaning would reveal inscriptions obscured by surface dirt, and whether the memorial had an appearance of care or neglect. The survey forms provided at the workshop gave us a standard list of features to note, including the type of design of the memorial, its setting, whether it was free standing or inside a building, materials were used for its construction, and what inscription was displayed on it including the names of those who lost their lives in the First World War, and in later conflicts. The workshop finally showed volunteers the best way of taking photographs of the memorials we discovered, and how to upload these on to the War Memorials Online website.

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