A host of dignitaries made the daunting climb to the top of the Darnley Mausoleum in Cobham, Kent on 2 April to witness the topping out ceremony where the final stone was placed at the top of the pyramid roof. It was probably the last chance anyone in our generation would get to witness the tremendous views at the top of the Mausoleum as the scaffolding enveloping it will shortly be removed. Representatives from partner organisations of the Cobham Park Heritage Project took full advantage of this once in a lifetime offer; Maggie Morgan from the National Trust, Ted Allett from Union Railways, Gravesham Mayor Harry Smith and Cobham Park Heritage Project Team Chairman David Nessling, all donned safety helmets to climb narrow ladders 23 metres to reach the top.
‘Restoring the pinnacle to the pyramid roof is a significant milestone for the Darnley Mausoleum and the Cobham Park Heritage Project. It is symbolic of ten years of successful efforts by the project partners to tackle decades of neglect and vandalism. The partners’ ongoing objective is to protect and enhance the internationally important buildings and landscapes of Cobham Park, at the heart of initiatives to provide quality countryside for the people of Thames Gateway Kent to enjoy for generations to come’ said David Nessling Chairman of the Cobham Park Heritage Project Team.
The Cobham Park Heritage Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Department of Communities and Local Government, and English Heritage.