A multi-skilled team of specialist stonemasons has released new photos showcasing their work on the restoration of the Cenotaph in Whaley Bridge's Memorial Park.
High Peak Borough Council has engaged TFW, a Derbyshire-based traditional stonemasonry practice specialising in fusing skills handed down through generations with modern day technology, to carry out the work.
And, echoing the firm’s specialism, the team working on the project is a perfect blend of people with long-standing experience and next generation skills including two Master Craftsmen who trained at the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall and an apprentice who is training in historical building conservation and specialising in traditional lime plaster repairs.
The borough council say 'good progress' is being made with the work, which is due to be completed in the 'coming weeks'.
The team has shared some new images showing a little of what people have to look forward to when it’s finished.
Carrie hard at work hand finishing a section of the moulded base for the cross.
Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, said: “The Cenotaph is one of the defining features of this much-loved park – which was, of course, created to commemorate the loss of 108 men from Whaley Bridge in the First World War – so this work to repair it is so important.
“I know people will be keen to know when these repairs will be finished as it’s been some time since the Cenotaph was damaged but, as with so many other aspects of our lives, Covid has posed some delays and challenges.
“The good news is that the team is making great progress. These photos, which we’re pleased to be able to share with everyone, speak for themselves and we’re delighted with the excellent quality of their work and the genuine love and care they are applying to this project.
“They have the perfect blend of skills for work of this nature as I think everyone will agree when they are able to see the results for themselves in the Memorial Park. But, in the meantime, I hope people enjoy these images.”
A series of images of the cross.
Apprentice Carrie Oldfield with TFW founder and Master Craftsman Andy Oldfield (left) Master Craftsman Paul Froggatt.