The Rolls of Honour
are unusual in so much as they list all the men that served, rather than
those who died in the War.
The Rolls were
presented by Mr. George Townsend JP of Westwood House, Church Street,
The Rolls are approximately 3’
by 2’6” in size. Both items are painted in thick gouache and watercolour
with gold leaf highlights (stippled so that they reflect the light),
with text in ink with gouache capitals. The style is similar to that of
Medieval manuscript illumination, made popular at the end of the
nineteenth century by William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement.
It is beautifully done, especially as three years separate the two
This Roll of Honour was closed on November 14th
1914 since that date others have joined the forces. This was presented
and hung up in Exning Church Xmas 1914 by George Townsend.
This Roll of Honour was closed on July31st
1917 and was presented and hung up in Exning Church Aug 4th
1917 by George Townsend.
The oak frames were
damaged, dirty and badly worn, but essentially sound.
Both Rolls of Honour were covered with mould in their central sections.
This has been removed, although it has left staining. Both paintings
have been vastly improved by surface cleaning, and although stained they
remain beautiful works of art.
The costs of restoration were in the region of £220 each (ex VAT).
The Restorer said how fortunate the Parish is to own such beautiful and
important historical documents, and that a PhD thesis could be based on
the information that they supply, and they will provide vital evidence
for family and local historians alike.
will lead to a World War I commemoration event later in the year:
version of the information as currently know, but sorted by 2014
We hope to add more detail from 1911 Census
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