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01 Feb 17

Gothic Cross construction

Construction of the Gothic Cross continues. Only the bottom sides of the cross survived a tree falling on it in the 1950's. We've used an original guidebook drawing, various photos and hundreds of fragments to recreate the cross in the original Coade stone used by the first Duke in 1814. It was built in memory of his mother who died in 1812.

Cubed base of the Gothic Cross made out of a hard grey Coaed stone sitting in the construction studio

09 Jan 17

Work begins on the Worthies Dam

Major restoration work has begun on the Worthies River Dam, which has been failing. Whilst the Dam is undergoing complete reconstruction, the opportunity is being taken to understand the Dam structure and the rock work below, in order to help with the rebuilding work later in the year. The aim is to recreate the illusion of a river, rather than a series of lakes. The first task was the removal of the weed in the Octagon Lake to allow the development of rock work on the lower side of the Dam.

The Worthies dam at Stowe, Buckinghamshire, before restoration

28 Nov 16

The return of the shepherds and shepherdess

The final three statues, completing the Circle of the dancing faun have arrived. The shepherds and shepherdess are made from lead and painted bright colours. Over the next few years, the paint will gradually fade and create a more weathered look.

Collage of the three shepherd and shepherdess statues at Stowe made from painted lead they wear bright clothes and play instruments