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Memorial details

Memorial type
Garden
District
Enfield
Town
Palmers Green
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians
Maker
Mr Robert Phillips, Borough Surveyor
Ceremony
  • Opened
    Date: 7 July 1929
    Attended by: ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET EARL JELLICOE OF SCAPA GCB OM GCVO
  • Unveiled
    Date: 11 November 2011
    Attended by: Undefined
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
17989
Current location

Broomfield Park
Junction of Broomfield Lane and Powys Lane
Palmers Green
Enfield
Greater London
N13 4HH
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 30406 92453
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Garden of Remembrance with miniature temple set in walled garden. In front of this is a cairn originally of 280 stones with each stone representing a life laid down, with inscription at base. Names were originally inscribed on metal plaques fixed inside temple for WW1 and outside walls for WW2. These have been replaced by tablets. Cairn later altered as more names were added to plaques. In a recess of the temple are three impressed small windows indicative of Fortitude, Sacrifice, and Victory, with inscription above. Garden also contains six seats made from timbers from HMS Dido and a large variety of plants. Gates at entrance presented in memory of Frank Barratt, husband of Elsie Barratt.
Inscription
1914 - 1918/ At the going down of the sun we will remember them.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Bridel, S
Briggs, H
Briscoe, F H
Bristow, J D
Brooker, W W
Brooks, W R
Brown, H
Brown, H J
Brown, R L
Brown, T
See details for all 119 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 530
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 530
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 446
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 446
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 139
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 139
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,occupation
    Order of information: occupation
Components
  • Garden
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
  • Cairn
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
Condition
History
In 2017 War Memorials Trust offered a grant of £61,470 towards the undertaking of conservation works. These works addressed a number of concerns with the garden which were identified in consultation with War Memorials Trust and set-out in a report by the project’s conservation architect. The roof of the miniature temple was badly damaged. Existing slate, flashings, roof battens and decaying timbers were removed and new timbers were inserted, new felt over timber work was fitted, and the roof was re-slated with original slate and matching slate where some were damaged. New lead flashings were inserted in appropriate places and masonry re-pointed where required. Decaying oak boards and decaying rafters were removed from the inside of the temple and new matching boards and rafters were inserted and stained to match with existing oak timbers. The original stained glass panels inside the temple had been vandalised and lost without trace. Following discussions and agreement with WMT new stained glass panels encapsulated in protective glass were designed and produced by specialist lead glass manufacturers to interpret the known wording on the memorial and match the design found on some historical film footage. The terrace fronting the temple had been damaged, sub-sided and in places inappropriately repaired over time. All existing uneven and poorly matched York stone paving was lifted and set-aside. The sub base was levelled and York stone was re-laid with original and matching York stone sourced to replace damaged and non-matching stone, and repointed. The steps from the terrace down to the pool area were also uneven and damaged and so these were lifted and re-laid using some new matching York stone and cut to regular size to form the correct radius of the step. The central water pool required its retaining wall’s pointing to be raked out and the wall was then re-pointed using an appropriate mortar. Loose York stone slabs surrounding the pool were lifted and re-laid with new mortar and non –matching stone was replaced with York stone to match existing. The centre-piece urn fountain had been lost a number of years ago and so was reinstated to working order using archival evidence of the original design with a new water pipe laid to supply the fountain. Five damaged stones from the memorial cairn were removed and replacement stones were cut to size and shape, and re-inserted and mortared. The bowl of the commemorative Bird Bath had been lost and so was manufactured and reinstated to match the original design based of archival photographs. The gateway from Broomfield Lane was damaged and so broken pantiles were removed and replaced with matching pantiles in shape and size to the original design. Loose mortar in the joints of the archway were raked out and re-pointed to match existing joints. The broken lock mechanism to the gates was removed and replaced with new matching lock and working turn handle. Two matching design drop bolts were also installed. Entrance gates and associated iron work was cleaned down and re-painted in black gloss. The gateway from Broomfield Park was also damaged and so all vegetation was removed from either side of entrance and loose mortar carefully raked-out. New bricks were obtained to reinstate missing crease line above entrance arch, all brickwork was re-pointed with lime mortar. Capping’s of entrance piers were removed and re-mortared and re-tiled to match the original design. The gates and associated iron work was cleaned back and re-painted in black gloss. Repairs were also carried out to the timber of the pergolas with rotten timbers removed and new pieces of timber spliced in to match original design. Defective stone slabs to pathways were lifted and replaced with matching York stone slabs and re-pointed using lime mortar. Concern had been raised over the accessibility of the memorial temple and so sympathetically designed bespoke wrought-iron hand rails were designed and installed at four agreed locations in the memorial garden to assist access. A number of designs for the hand rails were sourced and agreed with WMT prior to installation. The section of boundary wall to the left of the entrance from Broomfield Park had vegetation removed in places to expose areas of defective brick work and mortar. Loose mortar work was carefully raked-out and re pointed with an appropriate lime mortar and loose and defective bricks were removed and replaced with matching brick. The construction joints of the rear wall to the memorial was raked-out re pointed where loose mortar was found. The wall adjacent to the Broomfield Lane entrance had a number of defective bricks which were removed and replaced with matching bricks and areas of loose mortar were raked-out and re pointed in lime mortar; 2011: Replacement name tablets unveiled; 2009, between 13-14th August: All bronze plaques stolen from memorial. Enfield Police appealed for information regarding the theft and whereabouts of the plaques.; August 2000: New memorial gates installed; June 2000: Memorial gates stolen from Garden
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
Enfield Borough Council Parks Department
Reference

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