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broomfield park shell before restoration

When Broomfield Park was opened to the public in 1903, Southgate Urban District Council commemorated the occasion by commissioning a large shell-shaped tablet engraved with information about the purchase and the names of councillors and key officers.

This was originally placed on the main drive from the white gates, but was later removed to the nearby border. The shell has decayed through pollution and moss and lichen growth, and the lettering has almost disappeared.

PAYE Conservation has been selected to carry out restoration of the monument, which will be funded by a generous grant from the Heritage of London Trust.

The details of the restoration programme are now being worked out, but I hope that the task will be completed later this summer.

broomfield park shell with added wording

The wording which will be recut is shown in this edited photo, though the exact lettering and layout may be different from my own version.

Colin Younger
Chair, the Broomfield House Trust

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Colin Younger posted a reply #5234 14 Feb 2020 21:02
The first phase of the restoration process has been completed with the cleaning of the memorial. Re-cutting of the original inscription should begin next week.
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Adrian Day posted a reply #5235 15 Feb 2020 18:18
Good work, Colin
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Colin Younger posted a reply #5241 20 Feb 2020 14:55
Recutting the inscription began today. Rain stopped play; to be resumed tomorrow.
The carver is Gary Church of PAYE Conservation. Also pictured is Dr Nicola Stacey, Heritage of London Trust Director.
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Colin Younger posted a reply #5283 05 Mar 2020 13:19
Today saw a short ceremony in Broomfield Park to mark the restoration of the memorial which marked the 1903 purchase of the Park and House for public use by Southgate Urban District Council. Among those attending were Bambos Charalambous MP for Enfield Southgate (and previously a Chair of the Broomfield House Partnership Board), and Councillors Claire Stewart (current chair), Daniel Anderson and Maria Alexandrou.

Grant providers were represented by Jamie Cayzer-Colvin, Heritage of London (HOLT) Chair, Dr Nicola Stacey HOLT Director, Rebecca King (HOLT), Flic Parker (HOLT), John West (The Enfield Society) and the Co-Chairs of the Friends of Broomfield Park, Kim Lumley and David March as well as Ivor Evans and Susan Younger.

It was great to have the enthusiastic support of pupils from Hazelwood and Broomfield Schools, who untied the ribbon across the shell and uncovered the small plaque recording the contribution of the three donors.
(This has yet to be securely fixed in position.)