In 1954 according to the minutes of the Andover Council, a proposal was made to extend the lower half of the Guildhall and the Cenotaph would have to be removed.
In 1956 the Cenotaph was moved to the churchyard due to an excuse it was being damaged. The Guildhall was NEVER extended!
At the Andover Councils request & permission of the Bishop of the Diocese, a very large number of Tombstones & Monuments were removed to accommodate the Cenotaph and open space surrounding it. To my knowledge the graves still remain there & the tombstones are laid out like little pack of cards around the cenotaph.
My proposal, now that the High St is pedestrianized, is that there is no reason why the Cenotaph cannot be returned to it's rightful place somewhere in the High St?
The present leader of the TVBC; Mr Ian Carr, has already dismissed the proposal thru the Andover Advertiser saying the council has no plans to move it.
Sir George Young has also put in his two penny worth & can be found on Andover Sound Radio.
We the people of Andover need to make sure these brave men are never forgotten by returning OUR memorial to the High St.
Extracts from "The Roll Call" 1920 when the memorial was unveiled:
It was an act of consecration, an external evidence of gratitude to the men of Andover
The hallowed associations of the High Street were not only a part of the history of their own borough, but they were part of the greater history of the nation.
They were standing on a hallowed and consecrated spot.
That memorial was built upon the tears of the widow, the pathetic sobs of the orphans, the desolate heart of the mother who had lost her son.
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The Roll Call 1920: https://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1WiR0isoO1qld9C4fBDqIOezRbr2_0nwm5tMzW68RH1w&hl=en
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POEM by Ron Wood - Could Have Been You!
We the people of Andover (If not Andover pls sign our supporters page here: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/38941.html) call on the local council (TVBC) to replace the cenotaph to where it belongs in the High Street so we can all respect what our brave hero's have done for our country on a daily basis rather than once a year on Remembrance Sunday.
Please read "The Roll Call" 1920 - the unveiling of the Cenotaph & why its association with the High Street is so important.
The Return Andover Cenotaph to OUR High Street petition to Test Valley Borough Council Andover was written by Paul Hardy and is in the category Military at GoPetition.