Haagensen Memorial Open Day 2013

The top of the Haargensen Memorial depicting four children clinging to a woman these are thought to represent the four children of Peter Henrik & Jana Haargensen
Photo – Debbie Weatherill

 Haagensen Memorial Open Day 2013

This was a beautiful but windy day for the biennial open day event.

Prior to the opening of the Haargensen Memorial vault a risk assessment had been undertaken by the Laceby  Parish Council.

On the sunny morning of the 10th August 2013, just before opening, Councillors Dave Marshall and Paul Schofield along with several volunteers removed the very heavy iron roof to allow entry to the vault.

 

The photograph below shows part of the cast iron roofing moved to one side to allow access to the vault below.

Photo – Debbie Weatherill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning of the tomb takes place before the open day event, and Councillors Dave Marshall and Paul Schofield worked hard to ensure the inside of the Memorial was cleaned before visitors were allowed to enter.

 

Cllr Paul Schofield Cleaning the Steps of the Memorial
Photo – Debbie Weatherill

Cllr Paul Schofield inside the tomb
Photo – Debbie Weatherill

 

Councillor Dave Marshall inside the tomb
Photo – Debbie Weatherill

 

Cleaning of the inside of the Memorial prior to opening to the members of the public.

Once cleaning had taken place the features of the Memorial were easier to see within the tomb which was made from Carrara White Marble.

Photograph taken from mid way down the steps looking into the tomb
Photo – Debbie Weatherill

Walking down the marble steps into the tomb you see the two panels of the late Consul Peter Haargensen and his late wife Jana.

Photo – Debbie Weatherill

The panel to the left  within the tomb indicating the final resting place of the late Peter Henrick Haagensen who had previously been born in Moss Norway in 1837.  Peter Haagensen having been Consul for Sweden and Norway.

 

Photo – Debbie Weatherill

The panel below shows the inscription for his late wife Janna for whom the tomb was originally constructed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Memorial itself was hewn out of one single block of Carrara marble from Italy and the vault below is lined with marble slabs and has a mosaic floor.  The steps leading down to the vault are also made from white marble.

Mosaic flooring within vault
Photo Debbie Weatherill

View from inside the tomb showing marble steps leading to entrance
Photo – Debbie Weatherill

 

Peter Haagensen
Photo – Debbie Weatherill

Jana Haagensen
Photo – Debbie Weatherill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside at either end of the vault are two faces, in relief, which are set into the walls and represent both the Consul Peter and his wife Jana.

Some of the visitors enjoying the sunshine whilst waiting their turn to view the Memorial’s vault.
Photo – Debbie Weatherill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On this beautiful sunny morning Councillors Dave Marshall and Paul Schofield escorted those wanting to view the tomb up and down the stairs; whilst Councillors Mrs Sue Turner and Mrs Cherrie Mumby talked to the visitors present along with the Clerk to the Council Debbie Weatherill too.

 

 

During the morning session alone there were over 30 visitors to the open day and as many again throughout the day itself.

 

Our thanks must go to Mrs Jenny Chambers who offered the Laceby Parish Council the use of her photographs and files for viewing by visitors on the day; thanks also to her for the information leaflet detailing the history of the Memorial which she allowed the Parish Clerk to copy for visitors to take home with them.


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