Posted: 01.03.21 at 06:00 by Sam Petherick
Twickenham's famous Naked Ladies are looking as good as new after a restoration project was completed.
The statues in York House Gardens are one of the town's iconic landmarks.
Specialist cleaning to the stonework on the listed statues has been carried out and the pool below them was drained and cleaned.
The work involved:
1) drain down the pool and remove the build-up of reeds growing
2) cut back and generally tidy up the trees and shrubs surrounding the statues
3) specialist cleaning of the status and stonework
4) overhaul the fountain pump and improve the filtration from the pool to the pump.
Scaffolding which has encased the ladies over the past couple of months while the maintenance was taking place has now been removed.
The Naked Ladies are Grade II listed with Historic England, a recognition of their special architectural status which prevents them from future development.