Award for Ilam Cross restoration

Villagers in Ilam who oversaw a restoration of their historic Ilam Cross centre-piece were placed in the final 16 of the English Heritage Angel Awards following the project, which was completed last month.

The Ilam Cross Trust and its founder Phil Mottram were one of two runners up in their category for restoring the Victorian monument, which had been on the Heritage at Risk list for several years.

The Peak District Park Authority gave its support by securing ownership through a compulsory purchase order and selling it to the Trust for £1 in 2009.

The Trust secured grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, the Peak District National Park Authority, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, the Pilgrim Trust, the Leche Trust, the Francis Coales Foundation, LEADER and a host of smaller donors.

The restoration of the elaborately-carved, 13-metre high cross with six carved angels began last autumn.

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