Heritage Conservation Restoration Ltd were delighted to secure the contract for the careful dismantling and rebuilding of the limestone Pinnacle situated in the Rose Garden of Clitheroe Castle. The Pinnacle was once part of the Houses of Parliament and was gifted to the town in 1937, it is an integral part of the memorial garden at Clitheroe Castle and close to the hearts of the local people and much valued by the Clitheroe Civic Society.
The Pinnacle was in desperate need of repair as the original lime mortar used had eroded significantly over time, allowing moisture to enter the joints causing severe corrosion to the iron fixings originally used when the Pinnacle was built, causing severe damage to the ornate limestone.
The project began with building a perimeter scaffold around the Pinnacle with a temporary roof, ensuring the works were protected from the autumnal weather conditions. Each stone was taken down and labelled course by course with the use of lifting appliances due to the size and weight of the stones.
All corroded fixings were carefully cut out and replaced with stainless steel and carbon fibre rods. The materials used will ensure the Pinnacle will not suffer from any further erosion, increasing the longevity of the stonework.
The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and formed an incentive for groups of visitors from schools and UCLAN to come and view the works. In conjunction with Clitheroe Civic Society, we held an open day on World Heritage Day for members of the public to come and see the works and promote the importance of maintaining Britain’s Heritage.
Throughout the duration of the works we welcomed Martin Seddon, a professional architectural photographer, on site to document the works. Upon completion of the works, we are proud to be a part of both the website and book which has been published for others to read about the work we carried out.
Read more about this project here.