CHRIST’S Hospital School has successfully completed a conservation project to re-gild a statue of its founder King Edward VI.
It took four weeks to replace gold leaf on the monument on the Wren Facade at the Horsham based school, which has now been suitably lit so that at dusk the golden flare is ‘breathtaking’.
Experts say that the stone statue has been re-gilded four times since it was originally carved and this new gold leaf is believed to last for 40 years.
The work was under the project management of Pellings LLP and completed by Paye Stonework and Hirst Conservation.
In 1552 King Edward VI gave money and lands in the form of sites in Greyfriars and the Savoy to build three hospitals, Bridewell, St Thomas’ and Christ’s Hospital and these institutions were used to improve conditions for the poor of London.
Sir Robert Clayton erected the statue of Edward VI and much of the fabric of the building in London in 1682.
The oval inscription above the statue states that this portion of Sir Christopher Wren’s building, which formed the Christ’s Hospital passage entrance, and the statue of Edward VI at the London site, was relocated to the Horsham site in 1902.