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Sunday 20 January 2008

Dundraw Mission memorial, Waverton, Wigton

The photograph below shows two memorials in the former mission church at Dundraw, built in 1901 in the parish of Waverton, Wigton. The larger, white marble plaque commemorates the men of Dundraw and district who died in the Great War & the smaller brass those who died in WW2.

Though closed as a church in 1965 the building continued in use as a village hall until the early 1990s. In 2007 the Parochial Church Council asked Duncan Stuart, a local architect, for a professional opinion as to the best way to develop the building. Having decided on holiday accommodation Mr Stuart felt that it was essential to find a new location for these fine local memorials. As a consequence they were relocated to Waverton, Christchurch.

 The two memorials and a further plaque with four names taken from Waverton memorial which stands outside the church were mounted on oak which had 200 holes drilled in it for poppies or other mementos. The whole was rededicated on Remembrance Sunday, 2007.

(Thanks Duncan for these excellent pics and putting me straight on detail)

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