A Grade 2 listed War Memorial in Radyr has been restored to glory following essential works to enhance its condition.
Cardiff Council’s Bereavement Services were responsible for the project which has been funded by Cadw, the War Memorial Trust and Cardiff Council.
The work was carried out by Mossfords Ltd and includes specialist cleaning of the Portland stone work using traditional methods, repointing using lime-based mortar to match the original, the cleaning of all inscriptions, the cleaning and waxing of the bronze statues as well as the cleaning and repair of pathways around the memorial.
Originally erected in 1921 the memorial was inscribed with the names of 20 of “Radyr’s Gallant War Dead” but a further 13 names were added in 1945 at the end of the Second World War.
Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment, Cllr Michael Michael said:
“100 years may have passed but the Radyr War Memorial remains a poignant monument to those who lost their lives in the First World War.
“Cardiff’s memorials and cenotaphs provide an important place to reflect and connect with the past. They allow people of all ages to learn and remember those who gave their lives for us in war and it is vital that we ensure they are in the best possible condition.
“I am delighted with the work carried out and my thanks goes out to those organisations who helped fund this project.”
Frances Moreton, Director, War Memorials Trust said,
“War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared past creating a link between the fallen and today. It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best possible condition for their age and the charity is delighted to support this project. The centenary of World War I is a wonderful opportunity for local communities across the country to protect and conserve their war memorials. If anyone knows of any other war memorials in need of help please contact us.”
If you require further information on funding available to support war memorials then please contact War Memorials Trust on 020 7233 7356 / 0300 123 0764, 07586 920 153 or email [email protected].