Town Centre War Memorial Consultation

War Memorial ProposalThe Town Council is working with the Knutsford Royal British Legion to establish a new central War Memorial for Knutsford as a key part of the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. A working group of Councillors and representatives of the Knutsford RBL have been working to develop plans and are pleased to announce a consultation on the proposals.

Supporting the consultation is a run of three engagement events at the Old Town Hall on the 20/21/22 February from 10am to 4pm.

The Proposal

The Town Council and Knutsford Royal British Legion propose to relocate the Haron Baronian statue, currently at the Memorial Cottage Hospital on Northwich Road to the Library Gardens to create a new War Memorial.

The working group investigated a number of potential sites in the town centre, including the Little Heath and Wallwood among many others, and settled upon the Library Gardens as the best site. The primary reasons for the Library site is that it offers security for the important statute and would provide a suitable memorial garden and space for remembrance services.

War Memorial Side ViewAbout the Statue and Haron Baronian

The statue is one of Haron Baronian, a Private who served in the Cheshire Regiment during World War I. He was the second son of Zarch Baronian of Brae Cottage, Legh Road. Haron enlisted as a solider in 1915 and was killed in action on April 11 1917, aged 21.

The sculpture was commissioned by the Baronian family and sculpted by Sir Hamo Thornycroft RA. It is one of only six memorial statues in the country where the figure depicted is the likeness of a known servicemen.

The statue was originally in the Baronian family’s private garden at Brae Cottage, before being temporarily relocated to a small garden at Booth Hall.

In 1977, Haron’s only surviving sister, Queenie, agreed that the statue was in future to commemorate both Haron and all from Knutsford who fell in action in both World Wars. At this time, the statue was installed in its present location at the Memorial Cottage Hospital on Northwich Road.

The working group have discussed the proposals with Haron’s only surviving family members who are happy to see the statue be dedicated as a memorial to all those from Knutsford who gave their lives in service of their country during the wars.

Why Relocate the Statue?

The statue is an important part of Knutsford’s history, created by a renowned sculptor.

Both the Town Council and the RBL believe a central location will increase public access to the statue and that forming a new town centre memorial is a fitting commemoration of the centenary.

The RBL has a duty of care for the statue and with the future of the Memorial Cottage Hospital uncertain, there is the additional benefit that relocation provides additional protection for the statue.

Funding

The Town Council has been awarded a grant of £8,000 from Cheshire East Council and will seek to secure additional funding from other bodies. The Town Council has also set aside £10,000 towards the project.

Options

The aim of the Town Council and Royal British Legion is to relocate the Haron Baronian statue to the town centre by 2018 – subject to the results of this consultation.

The photos, showing the statue on a new plinth in the Library Gardens are only illustrative. The Town Council and RBL would like to incorporate the names of the fallen from Knutsford as part of the new memorial and have two options:

  • Incorporate the names on the plinth
  • Incorporate the names on metal plaques; mounted to the rear wall

Consultation

Please click the link below to complete the short consultation on these proposals. The consultation runs until March 13th.

Complete the Consultation Survey

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