The Garnett memorial cross by A.G. Walker R.A. (famous for the equestrian statue
of John Wesley in Bristol and the Derby war memorial) was situated below Backwell
Hill House late residence of the Garnett family. The memorial consists of a life
size crucifix and a plaque in bronze. The steel armature inside the cross had rusted
very badly over the years causing distortion to the bronze casting, pictured right,
and there was also concern about the structural integrity of this support. I was
asked by Alan Rome to remove the memorial to my workshop for repairs and then erect
it on a new plinth in the churchyard of St Andrews Backwell.
The war memorial is to Pat Garnett who the locals say died engaging the Baron von
Richthofen (the Red Baron) in aerial combat. The memorial was erected in the grounds
of the family home overlooking the Bristol channel. The property was sold and over
the years the woodland encroached until It became very hard to find the monument.
If one came across it by accident it was a strange and wonderful surprise. In many
ways it is sad to have moved it but it was very near collapse and its upkeep is now
assured in the churchyard. The team of volunteers (left) were indispensable in removing
the sculpture through very rough overgrown terrain.