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Cenotaph restoration work progresses well

A team of specialist stonemasons has been working hard on the restoration of a cenotaph in a Derbyshire park.

High Peak Borough Council has engaged TFW, a Derbyshire-based traditional stonemasonry practice, to carry out the work in Whaley Bridge’s Memorial Park.

The team working on the project includes people with experience and next generation skills, including two Master Craftsmen who trained at the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall near Bakwell and an apprentice, who is training in historical building conservation and specialising in traditional lime plaster repairs.

Cllr 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. 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.”


Carrie hard at work hand finishing a section of the moulded base for the cross.

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