Release Date: 20 April 2017
A war memorial in a Twickenham park has been given a special Grade II* listed status, celebrating its historic importance and offering it special protection for the future.
In the heart of Radnor Gardens is a memorial installed in the 1920s. Sculpted by Mortimer Brown, it consists of a bronze figure of a soldier on a Portland Stone plinth. It has three panels of low relief sculpture and a coat of arms, also in bronze. The summit figure is shown marching forward, waving his hat in one hand, rifle in the other, clearly returning home victorious.
The commemorative text is for both the soldiers of Twickenham in the First World War, and, added later, the Second World War.
Following a review by Historic England, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Twickenham War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The memorial is now listed at Grade II*.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“We are really pleased to see the Radnor Gardens War Memorial receive Grade II* listing.
“Whilst it is already a much-loved and respected memorial in Twickenham, it’s fantastic to see its historic and architectural importance recognised more widely.
“The listing will ensure that it is fully protected now and in the future, meaning that the sacrifices made by Twickenham people will never be forgotten.
“War memorials are a valued part of our heritage and it is absolutely fitting that we cherish and preserve them for future generations.”
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Updated: 28 April 2017