2nd Dec 2022

An exciting new lighting scheme has been installed as part of a three-phased repair and restoration project on the Grade I Listed Percy Tenantry Column, in Alnwick.

Structural surveys have been undertaken to identify defects on the 83 ft tall Doric column, which is maintained by Northumberland Estates, and conservation work is scheduled to begin in 2023. The new architectural lighting system replaces the previous system with energy-efficient LED lighting with colour capability, which highlights the column and provides further opportunities to integrate the site into public life.  A specialist condition survey of the Coade Stone lions is ongoing and remedial works are likely to form the final phase of the project.

The Tenantry Column, designed by the Newcastle architect David Stephenson and constructed in 1816, has considerable architectural, historic and civic significance to the town of Alnwick. The column with the lion passant is a notable feature within the town and carries with it several myths and legends.

Andrew Robson, Senior Land Agent: “The Percy Tenantry Column is an important landmark within the town and signifies the Percy Family’s strong and long-standing links between the Estate and the wider community. We are pleased to see this first phase of work completed which I hope will provide a welcoming entrance to Alnwick during the dark winter nights. Investing in the restoration of heritage assets such as this forms part of the Estate’s central approach to conservation and ensures the enjoyment of the historic environment for future generations.”

Specialist conservation architects and contractors will be appointed for the next phase of work to ensure the integrity of the site and protect the column’s architectural features.