Honouring Her Majesty the Queen
6th February 2017
A stonemason from Exeter Cathedral has honoured Her Majesty the Queen as part of a large-scale project commissioned during her 90th birthday year.
Matthew Hoskins, who works alongside skilled colleagues as part of the in-house team, carved a decorated “corbel” stone into the form of a crown.
Crafted from Salcombe stone, the piece will eventually be added high up on the eastern end of the Cathedral, alongside others including a poppy which was completed last year in time for Remembrance Sunday. They replace medieval corbel stones, in place for over 600 years, that have now decayed to the point where they are beyond saving.
The carvings are part of a collection of four pieces that represent the world in which the Cathedral exists today, with the final pieces due to be unveiled soon. A crown was chosen for this corbel stone which represents our nation; it is particularly fitting as much of the work was carried out during the Queen’s 90th birthday year. It was unveiled in January 2017 in the presence of David Fursdon Esq, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Devon.
It is anticipated that the four new corbels will be fixed in place by the Cathedral’s team of stonemasons in Spring 2017. In total over 350 individual pieces of Beer, Doulting, Portland and Salcombe stone are being replaced in the current East Gable Project. A quarry at Dunscombe Manor (nr Salcombe Regis) reopened in October 2016 to help supply stone for the ongoing works programme.