Makeover for Alnwick’s war memorial

Alnwick War Memorial being restored
Alnwick War Memorial being restored

Alnwick’s war memorial has been given a makeover in time for this weekend’s Remembrance Sunday service.

The memorial, near the Column Field, was tired-looking after years of weathering, with the bronze figures of a soldier, sailor and airman looking forlorn.

But funding from the Grants for War Memorials scheme, which is jointly funded by English Heritage and administered by the War Memorials Trust (WMT), and Alnwick Town Council, means work has been carried out to give it a refurbishment.

Most of the work has focussed on two areas, the stonework on the column and the plinth and the bronze work of the statues, plaques and lantern. Stonework has been re-pointed with lime mortar and any moss and weeds that have grown have been removed.

Flaking and damaged areas of stonework have been repaired, in keeping with the surrounding masonry and staining has been removed.

The bronze elements had lost their original patina – a thin layer which forms on the metalwork – through natural weathering and the three figures were all covered in a dark layer due to pollution which has been removed. They have also been cleaned and repatinated to preserve them for the future.

The work has been undertaken to coincide with this year’s Remembrance Sunday and is part of Alnwick Town Council’s contribution to marking the centenary of the First World War.

In total the work has cost just under £10,000.