Call to restore Crimean War memorial rejected by Sheffield Council

British Legion and War Memorials Trust join call to re-erect Sheffield's missing war monument. Crimean monument - original slide.
British Legion and War Memorials Trust join call to re-erect Sheffield's missing war monument. Crimean monument - original slide.
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Campaigners are calling for a monument in memory of the Sheffield men killed in the Crimean War to be put back on show – after a decade in storage.

But Sheffield Council said it does not have the money to restore the memorial.

The monument used to stand on The Moor and was moved to the Botanical Gardens in 1960.

But the grade-II listed monument was removed when the gardens were restored and has been in storage for the last decade, apart from a few pieces in a communal area on Addy Street, Upperthorpe.

Now the South Yorkshire branch of The Victorian Society has called on the council to re-erect the memorial – which was paid for by the people of Sheffield.

Victoria Bayliss, branch chairman, said: “This was a monument to the people of Sheffield who fell in the Crimean War and was erected by subscription.

“We understand why the authority took the memorial out of the Botanical Gardens, but they should put it back.

“If you think about the Women of Steel statue, which is almost paid for, you wouldn’t think that in a few decades the council might take it out when it’s no longer convenient.”

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The society wants the memorial to be restored before the 160th anniversary of the Crimean War in 2016.

One part of the piece known as the capital is missing and yet to be found.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, said: “To date neither a suitable new location nor the funding to reinstate the monument have been identified.

“However, the monument is being stored safely and is available to be displayed in future. We are conscious that there will be a significant cost involved in reinstating the monument now, at a time when council budgets are already under severe pressure to cover the city’s essential services.

“We would welcome a meeting with representatives of The Victorian Society to discuss the future of the monument and their ideas for possible solutions in terms of funding and siting the monument.”