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Lottery funding to refurbish Lymington's Walhampton monument

Lottery funding to refurbish Lymington's Walhampton monument.

175 year old Burrard Neale Monument overlooking Lymington will be restored. 

 

Walhampton monument in Lymington photograph Lymington.comA major breakthrough has been made by local campaigners in their bid to honour Lymington's greatest naval hero. The £132,000 project to restore the 75ft monument built in memory of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale has received a grant £97,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The huge payout will fund most of the work needed to refurbish the Grade II-listed obelisk overlooking Lymington.

Funded by public subscription, the monument in Walhampton Lane was completed 175 years ago to celebrate the life of Sir Harry, who lived nearby in a huge house that is now Walhampton School.

Sir Harry rose to become Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet. He captured or destroyed 20 enemy vessels during his career as well as helping to defeat a mutiny and was also a MP for Lymington for a total of 25 years over a 40-year period.

The restoration of the monument is being hailed as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to refurbish the Egyptian-style obelisk. Campaigners are planning to reverse the ravages of time by cleaning and repairing the structure. Some of the paving slabs surrounding the base of the monument are due to be replaced and improvements to the drainage system are also proposed.

Lymington and Pennington Town Council has contributed an additional £2,000 on top of the £2,500 it put towards the cost of funding the Lottery bid.

Donald Mackenzie of the Lymington Society is chairman of the Burrard Neale Monument Restoration Project. “A great deal of work has gone into this bid, which contains not only plans to upgrade and restore the monument, enabling it to survive for decades to come, but which also includes an exciting and wide-ranging programme of community benefits. We look forward to working with the town council to put in place the necessary resources and personnel to take this project forward.”

The Burrard Neale Monument Restoration Project has already made significant progress with volunteers clearing the once overgrown area around the monument, which is a short walk from Undershore Road.

 

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