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The Alexander Memorial, City Cemetery, Londonderry.

This Memorial is to Cecil Frances Alexander, and her husband, William Alexander who was the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe (1867 - 1896) and later Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (1896 - 1911).

Mrs Alexander was a Hymn writer who wrote some of the best known Hymns including "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and "There is a Green Hill Far Away Without a City Wall".

 

   

This Italian White Marble Cross was in a bad state of repair. All of the Marble required cleaning, and most of the lead letters had to be re-set. The bottom of the Memorial was almost totally buried in hill side and was in danger of being damaged beyond repair.

The solution to this problem was to raise the existing Memorial and place it on a new Kilkenny Blue Limestone sub plinth.

 

 

Once the Memorial was placed on the new sub plinth, all the flush lead letters were re-set and the Marble cleaned. The next stage was to excavate part of the hill surrounding the Memorial and 'tile' round the base. This was to protect the base from grass cutting and to enhance the overall look of the Memorial.

 

 

The final part of the restoration was the addition of the Alexander surname on the base of the Memorial and the inclusion of a new Blue Limestone Head Block inscribed with information about Mrs Alexander. The restoration of this Memorial was funded by the Friends of St. Columbs Cathedral.