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War Memorial works sponsored by Mander Duffill

Chippenham War Memorial works are to be sponsored by Mander Duffill.

Chippenham Town Council are delighted to announce that Mander Duffill, Chartered Accountants based in Chippenham have kindly and generously offered to support the renovation works of the War Memorial in Market Place, Chippenham. The sponsorship is specifically for the new gilding of the names of fallen soldiers from the First World War and Second World War and are to be completed during the summer. This work forms part of the renovation of the War Memorial which has taken place since 2015 and are ongoing.

A proposal for a memorial to commemorate the men of Chippenham who had died in the Great War of 1914-18, was first made in May 1919. With public support Grittleton architect, G Parker Pearson was commissioned to design a monument which would be a fitting and lasting memorial and it was unveiled at a ceremony on the 4th September 1921. The design incorporates at its base a drinking fountain, which previously stood in the Market Place and in January 1923 a plaque, was added, at the request of ex-servicemen, with the names of the fallen. A further plaque with the names of those who died during World War two was added and unveiled at a Dedication Service in 1956.

Julian Duffill, Managing Partner at Mander Duffill says “We have recently moved into the Old Post Office in the Market Place, from where the War Memorial is visible. We are delighted to be able to contribute to the community through the renovation of such an important memorial, which recognises the sacrifice of local soldiers and also acts as a reminder to us of those who are still serving.”

Leader of the Council, Councillor Sandie Webb says “These renovation works are vital to conserve and protect our heritage in Chippenham and we are very pleased to accept the generous support from Mander Duffill”

Chippenham Museum Curator, Mel Barnett says “The detailed work done to record the design and pattern of the original monument has meant eroded parts of the monument have been skilfully replicated by the masons involved”

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