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Great, but grubby: King Alfred gets a clean-up
2:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
THE first King of a unified Wessex and Mercia was given a brisk steam clean this week.
The statue of King Alfred the Great in Wantage Market Place was spruced up by Joslin’s Stonemasons of Blenheim.
Wantage Town Council contracted the firm to clean the statue and repoint the plinth at a cost of £1,751.
Joslin’s managing director Steve Hughes said: “We were cleaning using a doff system which is a power-washer.
“Water comes out at 150 degrees, so it is the heat which actually does the cleaning.
“If there is anything growing on it such as lichen or moss it kills that as well.”
Joslin’s have also been repointing cracks in the statue and plinth using a lime mortar.
The statue of the King – born in Wantage in 849 AD – has been ‘through the wars’: on New Year’s Eve 2007, a vandal managed to pull off one arm. A 24-year-old man was cautioned on the night and ordered to pay £1,500 to repair the arm which Joslin’s then carried out.
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