Stonework destroyed in Blitz recreated for park

Admin (06 November, 2017)

A pair of stone plaques have been unveiled at a Rotherhithe park after the originals were destroyed during the Blitz. The plaques, at the Lower Road entrance to King George’s Fields, show a lion and a unicorn, symbolising the royal coat of arms. The Friends of Southwark Park applied for cleaner, greener, safer funding to ...

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A pair of stone plaques have been unveiled at a Rotherhithe park after the originals were destroyed during the Blitz.

The plaques, at the Lower Road entrance to King George’s Fields, show a lion and a unicorn, symbolising the royal coat of arms.

The Friends of Southwark Park applied for cleaner, greener, safer funding to create replicas of the original stone plaques, which were destroyed during WWII.

The plaques, made by Priest Stoneworks, were unveiled by former Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Kath Whittam.

(Credit: Southwark Park)

Cllr Barrie Hargrove, Southwark Council’s cabinet member for communities, leisure and safety, said:  “These heraldic plaques are a fantastic way to bring Southwark’s history back to life and continue to ensure that these green spaces are maintained for the public, now and in the future.”

The next round of cleaner, greener, safer ‘winners’ will be announced at community council meetings in January.

The programme gives residents an opportunity to apply for funding to transform their local area with projects ranging from the historic, like this one, to playgrounds, community gardens, and lighting improvements.

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