Moving the Ockleston Memorial

 

In the autumn of 2017, the Civic Society funded a major project to move Cheadle's historic graded 2 listed landmark, the Ockleston Memorial.

 

The two photographs below were taken on September 21st, 2017

   
 The Ockleston Memorial was moved to Queen's
Gardens on Stockport Road in 1967
 Its new location has been marked out at the front of
Cheadle Green, very close to its original position.

 

 Repair and moving. Week 1    
     

 

Repair and moving. Week 2

   
     
 

Repair and moving. Week 3

   
     

 

Repair and moving. Week 4

   
     

 

Repair and moving week 5

   
     

 

Repair and moving week 6

   
     
 

Repair and moving week 7

   
     

The photographs below were taken on the 6th of December and show the newly repaired Ockleston Memorial in its new location at the front of Cheadle Green.

(An additional metal weathervane and lighting will be added to the Memorial in the next few months, with a planned opening ceremony in Spring 2018).

        

  

After extensive consultation and preparation, the Ockleston Memorial was moved from its location in Queen's Gardens, where it has been since 1967, to the front of Cheadle Green, very close to where the memorial was originally erected.

The very delicate moving work was undertaken by specialist conservation building removers, with the Civic Society paying for the full cost of the work.

The memorial was created in honour of the late general practitioner Doctor Robert Ockleston who was a valued member of the local community for much of the latter half of the 19th Century.

The memorial was originally positioned in the centre of the junction of Manchester Road, Stockport Road and High Street where it had great prominence, but due to the ever growing amount of traffic throughout the 20th Century, the local council moved it away from the centre of the road in 1967 to Queen's Gardens, where remained for exactly 50 years.

As part of the recent project, extensive repair work was also carried on much of the Memorial's stonework, some of which had been extensively damaged due to the amount of constantly passing traffic along Stockport Road.

The Civic Society is greatly appreciative of everyone who has supported this major project.

For more information about the history of the Ockleston Memorial, please read our report on page 10 of the April 2015 issue of the newsletter.  http://www.cheadlecivicsociety.org/newsletters/Cheadle-APR15web.pdf