Historic statues looking down on town are now restored to their former glory

A close-up of  some of the restored statues
A close-up of some of the restored statues

Historic roof statues and windows at the Todmorden Town Hall have been restored back to their former glory.

A specialist restoration project has seen the historic windows replaced and ten limestone statues cleaned at the town hall.

The work, which was managed by Calderdale Council and carried out by Bullen Conservation, will give the heritage features a new lease of life after the statues had deteriorated and the windows had cracked over several year.

The town hall was awarded £22,000 from the Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN).

Calderdale Council then matched the grant with the town council donating an extra sum of money.

Calderdale Council’s Deputy Leader, Coun Scott Benton, said: “I’m delighted that the historic statues and windows have been given a new lease of life. The difference is amazing.

“Todmorden Town Hall is a magnificent building and now it looks even better, showcasing our rich local heritage for years to come.”

The three statues represent local traditional jobs - with three textile workers, a book keeper, two matriarchs representing Yorkshire and Lancashire, a blacksmith, two corn harvesters and a shepherd.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Coun Marcus Thompson, added: “Todmorden Town Hall is a much loved part of the community, and I’m thrilled that it has had the restoration that it deserves. This investment highlights our commitment to making the building a focal point for current and future generations. We’ve had fantastic feedback from local residents and visitors.”

A member of the public commented that “the statues look great now they have been cleaned”.

To find out more about Todmorden Town Hall and to hire the building for an event, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk.

Traditional skills were used to carry out the work due to the historical significance of the statues and windows.

The ‘roundel’ windows are heavily engraved and etched with the Yorkshire and Lancashire rose emblems but were replaced with exact replicas.

While the statues were cleaned using traditional hand tools and water sprays.