NHS sculpture added to Christchurch Priory

NHS worker sculpture added to Christchurch Priory

A carving of a mask-wearing NHS worker has been placed on a historic priory as a permanent tribute to the health service’s efforts during the pandemic.

Christchurch in Dorset is home to not 1 but 3 of our stunning holiday homes, and we were thrilled to hear that the NHS have been recognised for their outstanding efforts during this year long pandemic.

The 11th century priory sits only a few meters away from our Grade II listed, Georgian, former vicarage…it’s a real work of art and was referenced in the 1086 Domesday book.



The priory has undergone some conservation work recently, with replacement of damaged gargoyles and grotesques. Canon Charles Stewart, head of the parish, said he wanted the work to be a reflection of “the time we’ve been in”.

“This is in stone – and hopefully that will be a lasting testament,” he added.


The idea was conceived by architect Columba Cook who was inspired by a photograph of a doctor in an intensive care unit, wearing PPE at the beginning of the pandemic. He said the image was supposed to represent all NHS workers and expected it to remain intact for at least 500 years.


Quay House, Quay Corner and The Quays (the 2 properties combined) offer great historical importance themselves but this is so touching and we feel honored that it’s on our doorstep for all our guests to see for years to come.

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