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Kinver Edge toposcope repaired in preparation for full refurbishment

By Mike Deathridge - Posted on 20 February 2012

The toposcope on Kinver Edge, designed and paid for by the Rotary Club of Kinver as its first major public project after its formation in 1985, has been given a temporary repair while funds are raised for a permanent refurbishment.

Since the monument was positioned on the most prominent (and therefore the most exposed) site on the beauty spot in 1990, the sandstone base and granite top have withstood much severe weather which last winter lead to the slate developing cracks.  Trapped moisture turned to ice in the extreme cold, leading to two pieces of slate becoming detached from the base.

Renowned sculptor and stone carver Michael Scheuermann, who has won accolades for his work and exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show, has managed to reposition the detached pieces and is currently assessing the cost of a granite replacement.

Mike Deathridge, who heads the Rotary committee looking into the repair, says: “We don’t know how much a new top will cost but it will be expensive. When we do have a figure we will be researching the possibility of securing grants and obtaining donations to augment our own fund raising activities.

“The toposcope won’t be restored overnight but, as it generates so much interest among visitors to Kinver Edge, we believe we should do all we can, no matter how long it takes, to return it to its original most attractive condition.”

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