A carving of a mask-wearing NHS worker’s head has been placed on the 11th century Christchurch Priory, Dorset, as part of a wider conservation initiative replacing damaged gargoyles.
The carving of an NHS worker in PPE gear was added to the building, which was referenced in the 1086 Domesday book, to reflect the “time we’ve been in.”
Canon Charles Stewart, head of the parish, stated:
“What we wanted to do – as every previous generation has done – is to make sure that what went up now reflected the time that we’ve been in. In future decades, maybe centuries – people will know that this work was done in this particular year when we all appreciated so very much the work that doctors and nurses and staff throughout the NHS did.”
Canon Stewart continued to state that the image represented all NHS workers and would remain for 500 years as a “lasting testament” in stone.