Livesey Hall War Memorial added to 'at risk' register

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broken_shaman
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Livesey Hall War Memorial added to 'at risk' register

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Today, Historic England added the war memorial outside the Livesey Hall to their 'Heritage at risk' list.

https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/h ... try/405981

The plaques have been stolen, replaced with plastic. The plastic replacements have faded (by sun or cleaning products?) to the point where the names have almost disappeared, and two have fallen off, with one not visible. The other leaning against the memorial.

It's grade 2 listed.

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https://londonist.com/london/history/10 ... k-register

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-67361118

https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/h ... /findings/
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Re: Livesey Hall War Memorial added to 'at risk' register

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Such a shame it`s been allowed to get into this state of disrepair
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Re: Livesey Hall War Memorial added to 'at risk' register

Post by JGD »

In posts from 2018 expressing regret about the theft of the several brass plaques from the War Memorial, this was said:
JGD wrote: 31 Jul 2018 19:16
...accusations that there is shame does not lie in the nature of the temporary repairs. It specifically lies in the theft of the solid brass original plaques from the memorial by rogues who deserve everything that is coming their way. These were stolen at a time when there was widespread thefts of this type across south London and south-east England. Replacement of these types of plaque to the original design and specification is costly and time consuming.
Another five years have passed and the temporary replacement plaques have come to the end of their life and no long-term solution is in place.

As a matter of civic pride and paying appropriate and honourable tribute in memorium for those who sacrificed their lives for their country, is it not time that collective responsibility is taken to address the restoration of the brass plaques?

Not only to focus on one body who owns it and perhaps should have had appropriate theft insurances in place and taken action to at least explore replacement under such cover but to explore whatever options may exist to move towards raising funds for a replacement plan.

Crowd-funding, local fund raising, exploring grant options with any number of historic and heritage bodies and associated trust funds that may have links to the Livesey Memorial Hall may all be good starting points.

Does the will exist locally to initiate and drive a campaign to achieve this?

And restore civic pride in the memory of those who fell.
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Re: Livesey Hall War Memorial added to 'at risk' register

Post by JGD »

Even more saddening - the front three panels on the memorial were reported stolen in October 2011.

Simply put - over 12 years ago.

This is how the memorial looked before the theft.

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The entry in London Borough of Lewisham's War Memorials webpage is here:

http://lewishamwarmemorials.wikidot.com ... -ww2-war-m
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