After two years of negotiating, scaffolding has finally gone up around the Eleanor Cross as specialist architects plan to secure the stonework from further damage.
Work has started to secure the crumbling Eleanor Cross in London Road. Conservationists have been calling for the cross to be repaired for years. Historians feared the cross would 'not survive another winter' and have called on the borough council to secure it. One concerned historian spotted chips of stone on the base of the cross where it had crumbled off. Scaffolding and corrugated fencing has now been erected around the cross. Although scaffolding was considered early in 2018, a survey ruled it would only allow moisture to build up and freeze, or allow troublemakers to climb the monument. The 13th-Century stone monument was built in memorial to Queen Eleanor of Castile, the wife of Edward I. Architects Skillington Workshop will be taking on the conservation work. The work however will not replace the long-lost spire that has been missing from the top of the cross for centuries. The first steps of the repair work will include using radar and X-ray to assess the extent of the damage.