New exhibition marks the Clitheroe Pinnacle

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Clitheroe Castle Museum will host an exhibition to showcase the history of a unique piece of Clitheroe's heritage, the pinnacle.

Running until Tuesday 4 July, the Pinnacle Project exhibition tells the story of the purchase of the intricate and ornate stone by Sir William Brass MP, and its presentation to Clitheroe for the occasion of the coronation of George VI in 1937.

The pinnacle, or turret, originally formed part of the roof of the new Houses of Parliament after it had to be completely rebuilt following the Great Fire of 1834. Sir William paid for the pinnacle to be transported and installed in a rose garden he also created at Clitheroe Castle.

Julie Bell, Lancashire County Council's head of the libraries, museums, culture and registration service, said: "This exhibition charts the history of the feature from when it adorned the roofline at the Houses of Parliament to it being presented to the people of Clitheroe by Sir William Brass, the town's MP for 23 years.

"The exhibition also details the work of the Pinnacle Project, and their conservation work to preserve it for the future.

"Apart from its heritage as originally being part of the Houses of Parliament, the pinnacle is integral to the memorial gardens and is loved by local people. It is important to Clitheroe as it is viewed as providing a direct link between the borough and the Houses of Parliament.

"This is also the only pinnacle, of the eight that were actually removed from the Houses of Parliament when the repairs were taking place, to still be accessible to the public. The others are in private gardens now, or no records remain about them unfortunately."

Run by a sub-group of Clitheroe Civic Society, the conservation project was made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, as well as the support of Ribble Valley Borough Council. Financial support was also received from Lancashire County Council, Clitheroe Town Council, the Rotary Club of Clitheroe, North Lancashire Clarion Club, as well as private donors.

The work to conserve the pinnacle includes the replacement of corroding internal iron elements and re-pointing the whole structure with suitable mortar. This work is necessary to stop water entering and causing further damage.

The project will not only repair and consolidate the pinnacle, but will also provide improved on-site information about its history, to help visitors understand what it is and how it came to be there.

It is anticipated that the repair, conservation and improved interpretation of the monument will be completed by the end of the year, with progress being recorded on a dedicated project website, and blog.

The pinnacle is sited in the former rose garden in the grounds to the south of the castle. Access is easiest from the town centre end of Woone Lane and then up the steps. There are also steps down to the pinnacle through a small opening to the front left of the Castle Museum.

The exhibition is free to attend but admission to the museum is £4.30 for adults, and £3.20 for concessions. Young people aged 13 to 18 and accompanied children up to the age of 12 go free. Limited disabled parking is available at the museum. Parking is also available on car parks in the town centre.

For more information please phone 01200 424568 or email clitheroecastle@lancashire.gov.uk Alternatively, please visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums

Clitheroe Castle Museum is managed by Lancashire County Council's museum service, on behalf of Ribble Valley Borough Council.

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