Urgent work to protect Eleanor Cross through the winter
Northampton Borough Council has fenced off the town’s Eleanor Cross ahead of work to ensure it is protected through the winter.
Fencing was installed today, (Friday, 10 November) before commencement of work recommended by specialist contractor Cliveden Conservation to safeguard the monument through the winter.
This follows a complete condition survey and laser scan, commissioned by the Council and carried out by Cliveden.
Cllr Tim Hadland, Council Cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “This work is vital to ensure that the monument is offered appropriate protection over the coming months.
“Our contractor is in the process of producing a full report on the monument’s condition with an outline of potential next steps.
“We are in the process of trying to establish which organisation has responsibility for the monument’s upkeep but this is far from a simple process as a number of contradictory legal documents exist.
“In the meantime, this work needs to be undertaken and if we do subsequently confirm that the borough council has an obligation, we will need to give careful consideration to what further work is appropriate.
“We are extremely grateful to members of the public, particularly several representatives of the Northampton Battlefield Society, for raising this issue and pressing for action.”
Hands-on work carried out in October dealt with plant growth on the monument. This work also revealed that some joints from previous restoration work in the 1980s had deteriorated, leading to the decision to carefully remove a number of masonry pieces for safekeeping.
Cliveden is analysing each piece to assess whether there is potential to re-secure them to the structure.