Restoration for Spa Gardens monuments

Work has begun to restore the Marquess of Ripon statue as well as the War Memorial in Ripon's Spa Garden (S)
Work has begun to restore the Marquess of Ripon statue as well as the War Memorial in Ripon's Spa Garden (S)

Work has started to restore two historic memorials in Ripon’s Spa Gardens.

The Marquess of Ripon statue and War Memorial are to be fully restored.

Harrogate Borough Council’s building maintenance team has looked after the memorials, but after years in the park the statues need a full restoration.

In April this year the Friends of the Spa Gardens group launched an appeal to raise funds for the monuments to be restored.

The project will cost around £10,000 with most of the funds coming from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The Friends group also secured funds from the War Memorials Trust, Ripon City Council, the Ripon and District Branch of the Royal Engineers’ Association and city businesses Econ Engineering and the Ripon Spa Hotel.

Work on the memorials will be carried out by Hirst Conservation of Sleaford Lincolnshire, managed by Harrogate Borough Council’s Parks Team and the Principal Conservation Officer.

Work on the statues will continue through November in time for a ceremony on November 21, but it is hoped the War Memorial restoration will be done in time for this year’s Remembrance Sunday service.

As part of the restoration the weather-damaged names on the War Memorial will be re-lettered, and the bronze Grade II listed Marquess of Ripon memorial will be completely clean up and its patina restored.

This is the first major restoration work the memorials have seen since they were unveiled almost 100 years ago.

The Marquess of Ripon served as Viceroy of India and exact replicas of the Spa Gardens statue stand in both Chennai and Kolkata, while the town of Riponpet in Karnataka state in south-west India is named after him.