Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Differential Movement of Foundations

Civilian Second World War Memorial, Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

This case study describes the options and chosen solution for the stabilisation of the Civilian War Memorial within Abney Park Cemetery, London. The memorial was sinking into the ground and following investigations, appropriate foundations were introduced to reinstate structural integrity.

This guidance is intended for those designing, specifying and undertaking conservation and repair work to free standing war memorials, such as architects, building surveyors, structural engineers, project managers, contractors, craftspeople, and conservators. It will also be of interest to those responsible for making decisions, such as local authority conservation officers, custodians or volunteer groups. It also indicates where to get further help and advice.

This guidance forms part of a series of resources produced by Historic England, to coincide with the centenary of the First World War. This series covers the overall approach to caring for these memorials, as well as some of the more poorly understood technical aspects. It includes:


  • Description and condition
  • Remedial options
  • Solution
  • Lessons learnt
  • Acknowledgements

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 10
  • Product Code: HEAG164


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