Tottenham War Memorial, at the entrance to Tottenham Green, has been cleaned, repaired and repainted during the last few months as part of regeneration work to ensure the monument continues to properly honour more than 2,000 men from the local area killed during the First World War.
The Grade II listed memorial’s 3m bronze Allegory of Peace statue, featuring an angel with spread wings, has been restored, while letters, bollards and metal grates have been repainted.
Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Jennifer Mann, said: “I am very pleased to acknowledge the restoration of this memorial to Sons of Tottenham. This memorial is very special to the hearts of people of Tottenham. The first time I was here for ceremonial reasons, I thought of the uncle I never knew who lived in Tottenham and was married in St Benet Fink Church three years before he died."
“I know how the loss of him was felt by family members, who told me his story, so I feel sure the honour and respect shown to those who are remembered here still resonates with people of Tottenham today.”
The war memorial was first unveiled in June 1923 to pay tribute to the 35,000 men from the area who served in the First World War. Inspections of the memorial found damage to original features and inappropriate painting and paving installed during the last century. The work is part of the council’s regeneration work to recognise Tottenham Green as the community’s civic heart, and follows the restoration of Tottenham Town Hall, the £1.5m landscaping of the Green and the introduction of a hugely popular weekly market.