Billinge’s Waterloo Monument given make-over

Organisers John O'Neill and Andrew Palin at the monument
Organisers John O'Neill and Andrew Palin at the monument

A tribute to those brave men who helped to defeat Napolean on the fields of Belgium 200 years ago has been given a make-over.

The Waterloo Monument in Billinge has been given a massive spruce-up after it fell into considerable disrepair.

Iain McIntyre who played the Last Post

The Waterloo monument at Bispham Hall Scout Estate, which was put up in 1815, is unveiled once more following a comprehensive refurbishment

Iain McIntyre who played the Last Post The Waterloo monument at Bispham Hall Scout Estate, which was put up in 1815, is unveiled once more following a comprehensive refurbishment

A ceremony was held this weekend to show off the renovated monument, which was put up within a year of the battle which saw the French army defeated by the allied British, German, Prussian, Dutch and Belgian forces.

The repair work was done thanks to a campaign by the Waterloo Monument Group which has enjoyed support from local organisations, politicians and history groups.

Tony Hilton from the group said: “The monument was erected within a year of the battle in 1815 at Bispham Hall on the land now owned by the Scout Association.

“After 200 years it was in need of a little tender love and care. It has been taken down, its iron fittings replaced by steel, its weathered stones replaced, and rebuilt. The immediate vicinity has also been landscaped.”

Some of the people at the event

The Waterloo monument at Bispham Hall Scout Estate, which was put up in 1815, is unveiled once more following a comprehensive refurbishment

Some of the people at the event The Waterloo monument at Bispham Hall Scout Estate, which was put up in 1815, is unveiled once more following a comprehensive refurbishment

Several local men were in the army which faced Napoleon’s forces, with John Hitchen from Pemberton and Benjamin Baddeley from Leigh known to have served at Waterloo.

The edifice lists the generals who defeated Napoleon and is decorated with quotes from the Roman writers Virgil and Horace, an adaptation of Nelson’s order to the British navy at Trafalgar and a verse by an unknown author.

The renovation work attracted considerable support, with the War Memorials Trust and the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund chipping in and councillors contributing to the cost through their Brighter Borough funding.

The Wigan based Queens Own Yeomanry Reserve Unit guard the monument

The Waterloo monument at Bispham Hall Scout Estate, which was put up in 1815, is unveiled once more following a comprehensive refurbishment

The Wigan based Queens Own Yeomanry Reserve Unit guard the monument The Waterloo monument at Bispham Hall Scout Estate, which was put up in 1815, is unveiled once more following a comprehensive refurbishment