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THE LOCHNAGAR CRATER CROSS


The original cross was installed in 1986, made from wood from a deconsecrated Northumberland church. It suffered a lightning strike fairly soon after, and had to be held together with metal clamps. But after 24 year it finally succumbed to its wounds and in August 2010 it was blown over and broke into several pieces.

Then - 01 July 2009Now - 30th August 2010
These two photos show (l. to r.) the Cross as it was in July 2009 and
what remains following the fall of the cross on 29th/30th August 2010

The Rotten Wood Of The Cross
The Rotten Wood Of The Cross 2010

The original Cross, over 20 feet in total length, was secured by some 6 feet of it is being located below ground, encased by a metal frame and held in place by several tons of concrete.

The wood for the new Cross is new green English oak supplied by wood merchant Job Earnshaw.

Vinny testing the joint of the new Cross at Job Earnshaw's wood yard, near Wakefield.
Vinny testing the joint of the new Cross at Job Earnshaw's wood yard, near Wakefield.
Image courtesy of Vinny Felstead © 2011
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The new Cross is held in place by a specially made steel sleeve bolted to the old concrete base.

The bolts that will anchor the steel sleeve that will hold the  new Cross.
The bolts that anchor the steel sleeve that hold the new Cross.
Image courtesy of Vinny Felstead © 2011.

Vinny and Brian Gibson installing the metal sleeve that holds the new Cross.
Vinny and Brian Gibson installing the metal sleeve that holds the new Cross.
Image courtesy of Vinny Felstead © 2011.

 Vinny preparing the shuttering for the concrete that hides the metal sleeve for the new base.
Vinny preparing the shuttering for the concrete that hides the metal sleeve for the new base.
Image courtesy of Vinny Felstead © 2011.

Transporting the new Cross to France was no easy task as you will see if you read Warren Osborne's article.

The task of lifting the huge weight of the new cross high enough for it to slip into the metal sleeve was not as easy as it might sound.

At this point we must express enormous gratitude to our French friends who very generously loaned the hydraulic JCB equipment (with driver!), that was able to lift the Cross sufficiently to allow it to fit into the sleeve.

Preparing the Cross ready for lifting into place by the JCB
Preparing the Cross ready for lifting into place by the JCB
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2011

The JCB lifting the Cross into place. The JCB lifting the Cross into place.
The JCB lifting the Cross into place. The JCB lifting the Cross into place.
The JCB lifting the Cross into place.
Images courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2011

The lower few feet of the Cross that sit in the sleeve were just too big to fit, so had to be slightly trimmed.

Vinny trimming the Cross
Vinny trimming the Cross
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2011

Almost in place
Almost in place
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2011

After much heaving and hard work Vinny gives the final 'thumbs up'. Its there! After much heaving and hard work Vinny gives the final 'thumbs up'. Its there! After much heaving and hard work Vinny gives the final 'thumbs up'. Its there!
After much heaving and hard work Vinny gives the final 'thumbs up'. Its there!
Images courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2011

Finally in place, Richard gives his beloved Cross a hug!
Finally in place, Richard gives his beloved Cross a hug!
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2011

A few finishing touches to the base
A few finishing touches to the base
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2011


The Cross after the 2011 ceremony
The Cross after the 2011 ceremony
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2011

Money towards the costs of providing the Cross has been given by many donors, whose names appear below. Grateful thanks to all of them.

Whilst the Cross appeal is now closed, there is at present still an urgent need for funds to revamp the wreath laying area and to reinforce the path around the Cross.

If you feel you would like to help by contributing to the costs of refurbishing the Crater please send a cheque, made payable to 'The Friends of Lochnagar', to :

The Friends of Lochnagar (Refurbishment)
Little Down
Hogs Back
Seale
FARNHAM
GU10 1HD
United Kingdom

Thank you.




Chronological List of Donors Towards Replacing the Cross

  • REG BRIDGE
  • SHEILA & GEORGE ROBERTS
  • KIM McMAHON
  • PATRICIA STOUGHTON
  • KEITH MARTIN
  • JON COOKSEY
  • MICHAEL HENEKER
  • LANCASHIRE & CHESHIRE WFA
  • ALAN COLLEY
  • R. J. HEIGHT
  • GEORGE PARR
  • ROBIN THORNE
  • W. KUHNE
  • NORWICH & WAVENEY WFA
  • B. W. & S. SMITH
  • J. H. PEARSON
  • F. & J. GARWOOD
  • J. B. DARWIN
  • E. D. PAGE
  • L.S. AGER
  • C. & V. LIVENS
  • I. MURPHY
  • ST BARTHOLOMEW'S CHURCH
  • JAMES AND SUE BRAZIER
  • JOE HUBBLE
  • MR AND MRS M. GREEN
  • BRIAN POWELL
  • DAVID AND JULIE THOMSON
  • TIM CHAMBERLIN / EAST MIDLANDS BRANCH WFA
  • MR AND MRS F. BURNS
  • JENNIFER ILES
  • MARIE McKEEVER
  • MICHAEL AND FRANCES SPEAKMAN
  • WFA ESSEX BRANCH
  • MIKE & DIANE WILSON
  • WFA HEART OF ENGLAND BRANCH
  • MRS S. NUNN
  • W. K. TAYLOR
  • MR N. R. GRANT

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