Repair experts to give presentation at Eleanor Cross

Published: Friday, 02 August 2019

Experts repairing the Eleanor Cross will speak at a second presentation at the London Road site on 16 August, to discuss works taking place and explain how they are fixing defects in its structure.

Northampton Borough Council is organising the two presentations, which will run at 2pm and 3pm, and last for approximately 45 minutes, with a limited number of places on offer.

A representative from Skillington Workshop Ltd will talk about the overall project and explain the lime process, which is being used to repair the stone surface. 

Details will also be given about the ‘sheltercoating’ method, which is intended to protect the porous masonry of the cross, then participants will have the chance to ask questions at the end of the session.

Skillington Workshop began conservation work on the cross at the beginning of April this year, with works overseen by specialist consultants Acanthus Clews.

Councillor Tim Hadland, Cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said: “The first workshop was a great success and very well received, so we’re really pleased that Skillington Workshop are returning to deliver a second workshop, where members of the public can discover more about the sensitive repair work being undertaken to the stone surface.

“It is such an important monument, and integral to the town’s heritage, so we want to make sure that there are opportunities for people to engage with the process and learn how we are preserving the cross for future generations.”

Historic England (HE) has been consulted throughout the project and last year added the monument to its Buildings at Risk register which enabled the Council to apply for funding. HE has agreed to cover half of the project costs.

The cross, situated at the southern end of London Road close to Delapré Wood, was commissioned by Edward I between 1291 and 1294.

Only three of twelve original monuments remain, and each marked one of the nightly resting places of the funeral procession between Harby and London, for the King’s wife, Queen Eleanor of Castile.

Conservation and repairs will be complete before the winter.

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