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Restoration work on famous Bromsgrove gravestones to take six months
12:00pm Thursday 5th July 2012 in Local
MAJOR restoration work on two famous gravestones, which began at the end of June, is expected to be completed within the next six months it has been revealed.
The gravestones of railwaymen Thomas Scaife and Joseph Rutherford were erected in the churchyard next to St John’s Church, in Kidderminster Road, in 1842, following the pair’s tragic deaths at Bromsgrove Railway Station.
On them are images of Norris engines, and on Scaife’s stone is a poem which was written by an unknown friend of his, which paid tribute.
The Advertiser has been following the campaign to restore the famous stones.
A restoration group, sitting under St John’s Church Bromsgrove Fabric Committee, led the project and successfully managed to raise the £10,000 needed to restore the stones.
Among the groups that donated money were Railway Heritage Trust Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Bromsgrove Society, Len Giles Trust, Cross Country Trains and DB Schenker Rail.
On June 26, the painstaking process of removing the stones from the graveyard was carried out. They have now been moved to a specialist workshop where the repair and restoration work will take place.
Alastair Moseley, chairman of the restoration group, said: “The conservation work is being undertaken by Mike Ford of Bromsgrove and overseen by Nick Reading.
“Work will take up to six months to complete and we look forward to their return later in the year.”
A notice has been put up in the churchyard, informing people of the current restoration work.
Although the money for the restoration has been raised, the committee are still welcoming donations which will be used for the future upkeep of the stones, once repaired.
For more details call Alastair Moseley on 01527 870048 or e-mail him at email@example.com.