Moving the Ockleston Memorial

 

Civic Society funds major project to move Cheadle's historic graded 2 listed landmark

 

Photographs taken on September 21st, 2017

   
 The Ockleston Memorial has been in Queen's
Gardens on Stockport Road since 1967
 Its new location will be 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

   
     

 

After extensive consultation and preparation, the Ockleston Memorial is now being moved from its current location in Queen's Gardens to the front of Cheadle Green, very close to where the memorial was originally erected.

The very delicate moving work is being undertaken by specialist conservation building removers and is scheduled to be completed by the middle to end of November, 2017.

The Civic Society is paying in full for all the work involved and is greatly appreciative to all members of the community who have provided support for this major project.

The memorial was created in honour of the late general practioner 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 it has remained for the past 50 years.

As part of the current project, extensive repair work will also take place on renovating as much of the Memorial's stonework as is possible, some of which has been extensively damaged due to the amount of constantly passing traffic along Stockport Road.

The Civic Society will monitor the move and renovation work closely and will provide regular visual updates on this website. 

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