Tottenham’s tribute to local people who gave their lives for their country will be restored to its former glory after a Haringey Council restoration project got underway. Tottenham War Memorial, at the entrance to Tottenham Green, will be cleaned, repaired and repainted as part of work to refurbish the Grade II listed monument, which was first unveiled in June 1923. Around 35,000 men from the area served in the First World War, with more than 2,000 losing their lives.
Among the improvements to the memorial, which are expected to be completed by spring, are:
- Restoration of the 3m bronze Allegory of Peace statue on top of the cenotaph, featuring an angel with spread wings
- Removing concrete slabs and reinstalling original granite
- Repainting of lettering
- Cleaning and repairing of bollards
- Restoration of metal grates and chains
Inspections of the memorial found damage to original features and inappropriate painting and paving installed during the last century.
The work is part of the council’s regeneration work to recognise Tottenham Green as the community’s civic heart, and follows the restoration of Tottenham Town Hall, the £1.5m landscaping of the Green and the introduction of a hugely popular weekly market.
Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Jennifer Mann, said:
“It’s important that we honour the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country, and the borough’s war memorials play a vital part in keeping their sacrifice at the forefront of our minds.
“I’m delighted at this fantastic restoration of Tottenham’s war memorial as a place for our community to come together and pay tribute to Haringey’s heroes.”