Victorian Maidenhead icon gets a nose job

Victorian Maidenhead icon gets a nose job

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Victorian Maidenhead icon gets a nose job

A 133-year-old terracotta bust, iconic in Maidenhead, has had a nose job.

The bust, of John Kinghorn Cooper, whose family ran Pinkneys Green Brick and Tile Works, was rescued from Queen Anne House, Castle Hill, when it was demolished in the 1970’s.

It was kept in various places, but transporting it left the nose broken and the eyebrow chipped.

A grant of almost £3,000 from the Association of Independent Museums Conservation Fund has allowed it to be restored and it is now on display at the Maidenhead Heritage Centre, Park Street.

Chairman Richard Poad said: “We’re delighted with the restoration. Considering Mr Cooper’s age, he’s in extremely good nick.”

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