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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast group
District
Watford
Town
Watford
County
Hertfordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), 20th Century Wars (1900-1999)
Maker
Mary Pownall Bromet, Morris Singer & Co Ltd
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 13 June 1928
    Attended by: EARL OF CLARENDON
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2950
Current location

Town Hall
Hempstead Road
Watford
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD17 3RL
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 10522 96851
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • Peace Memorial Hospital
    Rickmansworth Rd
    Watford
    Watford
    Hertfordshire
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Semi-circled plinth supporting three nude male figures representing 'the fallen', 'the wounded' and 'victory'. Centre figure standing with raised right hand whilst flanking figures are seated. Inscriptions incised into plinth below centre figure.
Inscription
Plinth, under left-hand figure: TO THE FALLEN Plinth, under centre figure: VICTORY/1914-1918/1939-1945 Plinth, under right-hand figure: TO THE WOUNDED Tablet, in front of centre figure: IN REMEMBRANCE OF/ ALL OTHER CITIZENS OF THIS BOROUGH/ BOTH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN/ WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES/ IN THE SERVICE OF HUMANITY
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • 20th Century Wars (1900-1999)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Figure
    Measurements: depth c730 mm, height c1550 mm, width c730 mm
    Materials: Bronze
  • Figure
    Measurements: depth c860 mm, height c2420 mm, width c680 mm
    Materials: Bronze
  • Figure
    Measurements: depth c730 mm, height c1600 mm, width c730 mm
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plinth
    Measurements: depth c1150 mm, height c1310 mm, width c4700 mm
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
  • Watford Peace Memorial
  • Grade II*
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
1971: Relocated to site beside Town Hall from Peace Memorial Hospital. 2012/2013: War Memorials Trust offered a grant of c£5,000 for the conservation of the memorial. The conservation works included lightly cleaning the memorial all over, removing bronze staining from the Portland stone plinth, and carefully ensuring the uniformity of the patina on the statues and protecting them with microcrystalline wax.
Costs

Memorial: c£800

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
WATFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL
Reference
  • Watford Observer 19 Feb. 1970 6th November 2009.
  • Project Brief - The Restoration of the Peace Memorial, 1928 - By Mary Pownall Bromet
  • The sculptor's autobiography can be consulted at Watford Library
  • Watford Observer 8 Feb. 2013 English Heritage and the Wolfson Foundation have awarded a grant of £5167 towards estimated costs of cleaning and repairs of £10335. The work is scheduled to take place over the next few months.
  • Watford Observer 6th November 2009.
  • War Memorials Trust 4182

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