Project information

Royal Gloucestershire Hussars War Memorial Repair

To repair the Grade 2* listed war memorial commemorating the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and to improve its setting within the Cathedral grounds.

April 2018 - June 2018

Charity information: Gloucester Cathedral

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  • Need


    The Grade 2* listed War Memorial within the Cathedral grounds is a monument to the sacrifice of local soldiers who lost their lives in the World Wars.

    Sadly, it is in desperate need of repair as much of the masonry has been damaged due to erosion. Biological growths and dirt have also covered the commemorative plaques and stonework and improvements to the setting are required to make it safe and accessible for all.


    The memorial will be restored and thoroughly cleaned so it is in the best possible condition for the long term future.

    In addition, the installation of an accessible pathway and extended plinth will mean Wheelchair users can get close to the monument for the first time.

    Further work, including better lighting and improvements to the surrounding grass area will ensure the memorial has a fitting setting and is able to provide a major focus for Gloucester's WWI centenary commemorations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To repair the War Memorial and surrounding base


    » Undertake a thorough programme of masonry and mortar repair to the memorial and the surrounding steps
    » Carry out a light clean of the masonry and commemorative plaques to remove biological growths and dirt

    What success will look like

    Once restored and cleaned, the memorial will stand as a fitting tribute to the local people who served their country and a key feature for commemorative events in 2018 and beyond.

    Aim 2

    Improve access to the War Memorial with additional paving


    » Install an accessible pathway to the memorial linked to the west driveway of Lower College Green
    » Create an extended round plinth around the memorial steps

    What success will look like

    Wheelchair users and those with mobility issues will have full and dignified access to the memorial for the first time.

    Aim 3

    Enhance the War Memorial's setting


    » Install a lighting scheme to up-light the memorial and improve it's visibility and impact
    » Tidy up and slightly extend the grass area surrounding the memorial

    What success will look like

    The surrounding area will be more attractive and inviting and the memorial will have greater impact.

    Aim 4

    Catalogue and keep a record of the Regimental Coat of Arms


    » Carefully take a latex mould of the illegible Regimental Coat of Arms and produce plaster cast replica for safe storage in the Cathedral Archive

    What success will look like

    An exact record of the Regimental Coat of Arms will be stored safely within the Cathedral archive for future use

  • Impact


    One of the region's most significant War Memorials will remain in the best possible condition and be fully accessible, ensuring that current and future generations remember the sacrifice that so many people made for them.

    This will be demonstrated through the commemorative activities which take place around the memorial as well as the thousands of people who visit it every year.


    Planning permission - The memorial is Grade 2* listed which means that any repair work must meet certain criteria. We will work closely with key partners (including the City Council and War Memorials Trust) to secure all appropriate permissions.

    Ensuring the right people are contracted to undertake such sensitive repair work is crucial. Our Architect has obtained three quotes from specialist contractors to make sure we have the best possible team in place


    Every donor will receive an initial thank you letter with detailed information about the project.

    On completion, a further letter will be issued to share final details of the project - an invitation to a dedication of the memorial will also be extended.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £46,198

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,996 Memorial conservation Repair and cleaning of masonry
      £13,048 Landscape works Includes new accessible paving and enhancements to grass area
      £10,000 Lighting scheme Design, fittings, fixing and cabling
      £1,765 Preliminary works Contractor preliminary works and preparation
      £4,921 Contingency Contingency @ 15%
      £5,446 Fees Fees (Architect, Landscape Architect, QS and CDM Co-ordinator)
      £3,022 VAT Non-reclaimable

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Lord Barnby's Foundation £3,000 Guaranteed
    Philip Smith's Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The War Memorial stands in the heart of Gloucester in the Cathedral grounds as a monument to the sacrifice of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars over the 20th century.

    Installed in 1922, it sits prominently in Lower College Green facing the west end of the magnificent Norman Cathedral.


    Ultimately, the memorial commemorates soldiers of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussar Yeomanry; local people who gave their lives during conflicts in the 20th Century.

    It is of great importance to the local community and has links to families across the county and beyond. This project will ensure that local people and visitors alike can reflect and remember their sacrifice not only during WWI centenary commemorations in 2018, but for generations to come.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Whilst the memorial is not owned by the Cathedral, it is located within the grounds and we have the experience, expertise and support from key partners to ensure it is conserved appropriately.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cathedral Architect

    The Cathedral Architect will manage the masonry element of the project, making sure the works are completed to the highest possible standard.

    Landscape Architect

    Our Landscape Architect will be responsible for all landscaping elements.

The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars war memorial stands in pride of place in the Cathedral green to commemorate the local soldiers who served in the First and Second World Wars. Please help us to restore this important monument so that current and future generations remember their sacrifice.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester