Potters Bar war memorial to be restored
PUBLISHED: 11:51 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:55 04 September 2018
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Plans are afoot to revive a Potters Bar monument that pays tribute to those who served in the First and Second World Wars.
A planning application has been submitted by Hertsmere Borough Council to bring the stone monument at the site of St John’s churchyard back to its former glory.
The Grade-II listed stone monument, which stands just off High Street, was installed in 1920 and commemorates those who fell in the world wars.
It was cleaned in 2017, which removed much of the moss on its facades.
But in recent years some of the painted lettering has faded, obscuring names of those who gave their lives for their country.
The lettering on the gothic-style Portland stone obelisk needs re-engraving on its north face, as well as priming and re-painting the inscription of all the names in burnt sienna and gold paint.
The characteristic Art Deco-style crosses between the names also need to be painted black.
According to Chris Cook, chair of the Potters Bar and District historical society, it initially stood at the corner of the Causeway and Hatfield Road before moving to its present site in 1973 after the demolition of the Church of St John the Baptist.
It was in 1973 that the memorial was given a listed status
“I think it’s brilliant that it’s being restored,” said Chris, whose grandfather was one of the first men to serve in the Royal Air Force. “It’s a recognition of the past.
“Anything that gives a nod to the First and Second World Wars, and keeps their histories alive, is great.”
If the planning application is approved, the monument may be fully restored in time for the centenary of the ending of the First World War.
Potters Bar still receives visitors from all over the world as the site of the famous air battle which brought down a German zeppelin on the evening of October 1, 1916.
Councillor Seamus Quilty, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “The re-engraving project will help to revitalise one of the borough’s main war memorials in time for the historic 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
“It is so important to recognise the sacrifices made by our military and ensuring our war memorials are well maintained and in good condition is a big part of that. The work will significantly improve the memorial.”
You can view and comment on the application at https://www.hertsmere.gov.uk/Planning--Building-Control/Planning with the reference number 18/1601/LBC