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THE TOPCLIFFE ROAD STONE PILLAR HAS FINALLY FALLEN

Written by: Justin Greetham | Posted on: | Category:

So after 150 years of standing proudly at the Topcliffe Road end of the footpath that links all 15 houses that form Belgrave Terrace, the last of the sandstone pillars has finally fallen. The porous nature of sandstone combined with the corrosive qualities of the ironwork that links the sections of the pillar together have meant that the pillar has eroded back to a very thin spine of rock that could no longer support the very heavy pillar top. It was always on the cards and for many that use the Topcliffe Road pedestrian walkway on their way to school a familiar sight.

So the question arises as to what to do next and whether or not to commission a replacement pillar or pillars ? To also commission a wrought iron gate to mirror the one that can be found at the Sowerby Road end of the footpath.

Reading through the original covenant it would appear that the role of the superintendent was to oversee and employ the services of craftsmen and/or service providers to maintain the gardens and adjoining gates/footpath.

"That all the before mentioned ways gates of entrance from the said Sowerby and Topcliffe roads respectively with pumps tanks drains and all cisterns locks bolts bars and other things connected therewith shall be constructed made and supplied and be thereafter maintained and kept in repair at the joint expense of the several owners of the said close or parcel of ground in equal proportions and shall be for the common use of all such owners their tenants servants visitors and workmen"

So what is the next stage ? For me to invite stone masons working in the area of Thirsk & Sowerby to provide a quote to make 2 x stone pillars, 1 x wrought iron gate and associated costs with the installation of the new pillars. To share these quotations across all of the houses on Belgrave Terrace.

If anyone has a digital copy of the original covenant please can you get in touch with - [email protected] as I'm keen to explore the role of the superintendent as we move forward ....

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Sowerby, North Yorkshire

Sowerby is a suburb of Thirsk and is positioned in the northern half of North Yorkshire on the flood plains of Cod Beck. It sits on the A19 trunk road at the junction with the A61 to the west and Ripon. Northallerton lies 10 miles to the north along the A168 and York is 25 miles to the south east along the A19. Thirsk has a station on the main east coast railway line.

A Conservation Area is defined as an 'area of special architectural or historic interest the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve and enhance'. The purpose of a Conservation Area is to protect wider landscapes of quality and the local distinctiveness of areas valued for their visual characteristics and historic associations


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