Caring for Hadrian's Arch

The triumphal arch covered in scaffolding

Built in the early 1760s, the Arch was the first monument built by James ‘Athenian’ Stewart for Thomas Anson.

The Arch was turned into a fitting memorial for Thomas’ late brother, George Anson, and his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Yorke, and is one of the first things you see when you visit the Estate.

If you look closely, you can see the bust of Elizabeth Anson on the arch
A close up of the bust of Elizabeth Anson on the Arch
If you look closely, you can see the bust of Elizabeth Anson on the arch


Your support has allowed us to begin an important condition survey to spot exactly where on the arch the restoration will need to take place. We already know that corroding iron dowels are causing the stonework to split, so this will be removed and the remaining cracks will be stitched up. We will also re-point the cornices and removing all the moss that has grown on the ledges.

 
Exciting Tours.


The erection of scaffolding is an integral part of this project. So even though it may not be nice to look at, it means that you will be able to see Shugborough like never before. This ten week project means that you will get the opportunity to go up the scaffolding yourself on our tours, and take in the spectacular view.