Southampton’s monuments are given a summer sparkle

Some of Southampton’s most prominent monuments and memorials in the city’s historically important, Grade II listed parks and open spaces have been cleaned as part of the Council’s commitment to preserve their heritage and local history

Southampton City Council’s Citywide Task Team have been working with colleagues in Cultural Services over several months to prepare for the sensitive steam-cleaning of monuments with special historic interest using a DOFF low pressure and high temperature cleaning system that reduces the risk of eroding the stonework, preserving them for the future.

Isaac Watts Statue, Watts Park

Councillor Spiros Vassiliou, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture & Heritage comments: “The monuments and memorials that stand tall in our parks and open spaces really are some of the jewels in the city’s crown. Making sure that they are invested in to benefit local residents, as well as supporting our 2025 City of Culture bid is incredibly important.

“We are proposing over £6m investment in our heritage assets to restore and bring them back to life for residents and visitors to the city to enjoy.

“Thank you to our City Services and Cultural Services teams for your hard work, the monuments look fantastic.”

The monuments and statues that have been DOFF cleaned are:

  • Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee Fountain, Shirley Shopping Centre
  • Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain, Woodmill Lane
  • Ransom Fountain, Asylum Green
  • Cenotaph glass Memorial Wall and stone plinths, Watts Park
  • Citizens of Southampton Monument, West of Cenotaph, Watts Park
  • Monument to the men, woman and children of Southampton WW11, Watts Park
  • Isaac Watts Statue, Watts Park
  • Richard Andrews Statue, Andrews Park
  • Palmerston Statue, Palmerston Park
  • Melly Fountain, Houndwell Park
  • William Chamberlain Gas Column, Houndwell Park
  • Bargate Lions pedestals, Bargate, High Street
  • Holy Rood Church Chancel, High Street
  • Cross House, Cross House Road