- GB ARCHON 2913 COL01-04
- c.2014 to April 2018
3 photograph albums recording the restoration work on the Urn from Poringland.
This urn was installed in August 2016 in SJB gardens. It was a gift to the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich, by Bishop Alan Hopes from his private garden at The White House in Poringland. It formed the central part of a garden feature which also had four cherubs representing the four seasons.
Although very badly damaged, it was carefully and skilfully restored over several years at Felbrigg Forge. The history of the urn is undocumented and the only information that we have is that it was created between 1904 and 1906 by an artistic plumber from Poringland. It was not cast, but worked from the inside out by a process called 'repoussé' using a product new to the period - High Alumina Cement. This material hardens very quickly so one can only imagine the time it must have taken to produce such a huge and intricate work.
The two animals which are represented are a European Alpine Ibex, a goat, and a Mouflon sheep with curly horns which originated in Iran and is one of the two ancestors of all modern sheep breeds. The bottom of the urn is decorated with a wide variety of flowers, fruit and foliage as well as caterpillars and insects.