Tollerton’s War Memorial has received a spring clean. Work to maintain and repair Tollerton’s grade 2 listed monument has been completed after fund raising by the parish council to provide a safe and clean war memorial.
The “Lantern Cross” style war memorial is constructed from Sand Stone and located in a memorial garden to the side of Tollerton Lane. The memorial is in relatively good condition but as part of the Tollerton Community Plan residents asked for some improvements.
Tollerton Parish Council brought in specialists in the maintenance of heritage monuments to carry out the work using a Super Heated Water Treatment System. This was used on the surface of the cross, lantern, shaft, plinth, steps and surround which have been cleaned of organic growth and moss. A protective treatment was also applied to the clean war memorial to help protect the monument in the future.
The war memorial is in the old village which has been recognised as an area for conservation in the Tollerton Character, Heritage and Conservation Strategy. This includes four other listed buildings near to the war memorial. The Old Village is also a priority area in the Tollerton Community Plan and the Parish Council are looking to make further improvements to the memorial garden later this year.
Tollerton village history group provide a website with lots of information on Tollerton’s heritage – http://tollertonvillagehistory.co.uk/ The Group are actively researching more about the village’s past with new information regularly coming to light through their work. Residents will have an opportunity to find out more about this – including Tollerton Mill – at the Annual Parish Meeting on 3 May.