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Celebrating the Restoration of Sir Francis Chantrey’s Grave

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Meg Munn MP was delighted to be invited to St James’ Church, Norton to celebrate the restoration of Sir Francis Chantrey’s grave. Chantrey, born in Norton in 1781, was a famous sculptor and artist whose fame and distinction meant he could have had a prestigious burial at Westminster Abbey. However, he opted to return to his humble beginnings and was laid to rest at his native parish.

Over the years, the decorative ironwork and supporting stone plinth of Chantrey’s grave had become decayed and damaged. However, with a generous donation from the Royal Academy of Arts and the help of a number of local craftsmen Chantrey’s grave has now been restored to its former glory. The work has even gone as far as restoring the original colour of Chantrey’s grave, light blue.

Meg attended a ceremony at St James’ where children from Norton school talked the congregation through Chantrey’s life, and local craftsmen explained the restoration process. Everyone then moved outside for a moment of reflection by the restored grave.

Meg said:

The restored grave of Sir Francis Chantrey looked fantastic and is a fitting tribute to such an inspirational local figure. It was great to see so many members of the community turning out to share this occasion and honour the memory of Sir Francis.”

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Meg with Geoffrey White, Rector at St James’ Church

Meg with Geoffrey White, Rector at St James’ Church

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