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Pupils from Hazelwood and Broomfield schools who unveiled the restored memorial with (L-R) Dr Nicola Stacey, Director of the Heritage of London Trust, Colin Younger, Chair of the Broomfield House Trust, and Bambos Charalambous, MP for Enfield Southate and past chair of the Broomfield House Partnership Board.

Unveiling the Broomfield Park Purchase Memorial
5 March 2020


Today saw a short ceremony in Broomfield Park to celebrate 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 red ribbon across the shell and uncovered the small plaque recording the contribution of the three donors. (This plaque has yet to be securely fixed in position.)



Broomfield Park Memorial Restored
22 February 2020


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 had decayed through pollution and moss and lichen growth, and the lettering has almost disappeared. This photo (top right) shows the extent of decay and overgrowth.

The Broomfield House Trust obtained grants from the Heritage of London Trust, the Enfield Society and Friends of Broomfield Park to restore the memorial.

We selected Paye Conservation to carry out restoration of the monument, which has now been completed. Go along and take a look! If you can’t, see the photos of work in progress. These show the carver Gary Churchman at work, and the HOLT Director Dr Nicola Stacey.

 
 
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