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Imposing 50ft wooden cross restored at Ampleforth Abbey
4:41pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
AN ABBEY in one of North Yorkshire’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty has restored an imposing 50 feet tall wooden cross.
Restoration works on the Millennium Cross have today (Friday) been completed at Ampleforth Abbey and College.
The cross was originally unveiled by the Duke of York at Westminster Cathedral in London in 2000, after contributions from hundreds of donors including the Queen.
The cross was given to Ampleforth in 2002 by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and dedicated in memory of the late Cardinal Basil Hume as a Christian symbol for the new Millennium.
Basil Hume was a schoolboy, monk, teacher, rugby coach and, from 1963 to 1976 was abbot at the Benedictine abbey. The 4.5-ton cross, measuring 50ft by 25ft, was airlifted into its position by an RAF Chinook helicopter and now stands on a hillside beneath St Thomas's House, one of the boarding houses at Ampleforth College.
Father Wulstan Peterburs, procurator of Ampleforth Abbey and College, said: “Since exile in the nineteenth century, stewardship and looking after the beautiful surroundings in which we live and work has been critical.
“The work on the restoration of the cross reflects our open door policy at Ampleforth and with over 2,000 acres to explore, we are keen for locals and those from further afield to enjoy the surroundings.”
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