Timber effigy of a knight thought to be Sir William Combmartin at Alderton church in Northants, circa 1320
This effigy had been previously restored by Fred Crossley (co- author of the famous book English Church Woodwork Batsford) who used wax to conserve decayed woodwork. Over the years, the wax has harden pulling the surface away although even the initial application does not look as though it penetrated very far.
It is interesting to see these same problems with wax consolidation as are being encountered by wall paintings conservators of wall paintings conserved by Prf.Tristram in the same period as Crossley was consolidating timber. We would like to to see if any other examples of Fred Crossley restoration work are known to have been preserved using the same technique.
Hugh Harrison Conservation (HHC) were asked to design a display base/plinth for the effigy and to conserve it. He has no tomb chest as the church suffered serious collapse in the early 19th Century and was rebuilt much smaller, so the original tomb chest was lost. Since then the effigy has been displayed in various places in the church and but they now want to make a permanent space to display it once we have finished conserving it.