Friday 15 August 2008

Coombes monument to be restored

Moves are afoot to restore the memorial to Robert Coombes in Brompton Cemetery, west London.
Colin Middlemiss, clerk to the Company of Watermen, to which Coombes belonged, tells me that money has been raised and it only remains for permission to be given by the cemetery owners for work to begin. As noted in previous posts, this wonderful tomb is in a sadly weathered condition with most of the heads gone from the four figures at the corners (all modelled on the 'champion sculler of the Thames and Tyne' himself, in various costumes). This is great news.

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