Restoration of Ilam Cross
The Mary Watts-Russell Memorial Cross was erected in 1840 by Jesse Watts-Russell of Ilam, Staffordshire in memory of this wife, Mary.
It's an outstanding example of the Gothic Revival style. The design is also influenced by the religious turmoil of the time, so it has great cultural significance as well as tremendous architectural merit. It is Grade II listed and is on the English Heritage, Buildings at Risk register, confirming its national importance.
The conservation project ended 165 years of neglect and saved an important listed monument and local landmark from gradual destruction. The structure received thorough repair, to the highest standards of conservation practice, which halted its decline and will maintain it for the future. The reinstatement of the original top stage has made the design of the monument clear for the first time in many years.
The project was delivered by the Ilam Cross Trust with the aid of English Heritage and Leader funding.
Leader grant £9,993.50.