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Historic obelisk restored for new development in north-east

Barratt Homes worker Connor Higgins added the finishing touches to the top of the obelisk.
Barratt Homes worker Connor Higgins added the finishing touches to the top of the obelisk.

A granite monument dating back nearly 200 years has been restored as part of a new housing development.

The Forbes of Newe Obelisk was built in 1930 to commemorate the work of John and Charles Forbes, who contributed £10,000 – roughly £1million in modern day prices – towards the construction of what is now Royal Cornhill Hospital.

The renovated pink memorial was unveiled yesterday in its new home of Westburn Gardens, Berryden Road.

It was moved into a more prominent place by developer Barratt Homes as it was previously at risk of erosion.

Sales director Mike Cowie said: “We’re very pleased to have reinstated the Forbes of Newe Obelisk in this striking spot where more people will be able to see it and our residents can enjoy having a piece of city heritage on their doorstep.”

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