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MONUMENT CONSERVATION
WAR MEMORIALS
Harrow-on-the-Hill War Memorial 2006

Built from Clipsham, a very porous open-cavity limestone, the memorial had suffered from corrosion, mainly caused by water sitting on the surfaces of the stone.
Parts of the cross had suffered irreversible damage due to the bedding direction of the stone: the stone had been face-bedded, thus allowing water to ingress directly into the bed of the stone, consequently ‘washing out’ its lime properties, leaving the remaining layers of shell and aggregate exposed to the elements, to crumble away over time.
These sections of the cross were replaced, again using Clipsham, and correctly ‘naturally’ bedded. Other sections of the memorial were repaired using Clipsham stone indents; failed or missing inscriptions were recarved in situ. Weathered surfaces that were structurally sound were repaired using lime mortar.

 

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