This article is from Signpost 45, Winter 2014
As Inspector for Hayfield Parish I was asked in July to investigate the condition of the Thomas Boulger Memorial. On examination it was clear that the inscription on the horizontally mounted stone was severely weathered. Further the entire structure had become unviable due to water ingress. Repair was not feasible and I recommended the rebuilding of the entire structure.
The inscription stone was duly taken to a monumental mason in Pendlebury, where it was polished on its other side and the words replicated in deep cut lettering.
Carr Meadow is on a very dangerous bend on the Glossop to Hayfield road with no available parking and the monument itself accessible only via a rutted track through a gate at the apex of the bend. Thankfully we were able to borrow a 4x4 vehicle and on August the 14th John Hodgson and I demolished the old memorial. On the 20th of August we returned and installed a reinforced concrete foundation.
By the end of October the inscription stone was ready and Robert Taylor, with me assisting rebuilt the monument over two days. Our aim with the new design was longevity. The new monument sets the memorial stone on a vertical plane, with a lintel above its top edge. The whole structure was then coated twice with a silicone based stone weatherproofing compound to ensure it will stand the test of time.
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