Uncovering the Stables' hidden history

Belton's stables building from the roof of Belton House

Today, visitors can find themselves a seat and enjoy a bite to eat, hunt for a bargain in the secondhand bookshop, or visit an exhibition in the Stables building. But this Grade I listed building has plenty of secrets, and we're working to uncover them and redevelop this special piece of Belton's history.

Important work is being done by our historic building specialists, recording and analysing the Stables to discover more about the history and construction of the building. With only one of three floors currently in use, the work will help us redevelop this historically important space for use again.

Under the roof
Work has included a laser-scan survey to capture the building in 3D, creating a very detailed architectural plan revealing a hidden secret about the roof. The flat roof we see over the Stables today was added sometime in the twentieth century, and it conceals the original M-shaped roof below.

" The original roof structure survives very well and is a very a fine piece of joinery. The Stables are a bit of an unsung hero: they also house some very well preserved equestrian fixtures and fittings, and the building itself has been recognised as a good example of seventeenth century architecture by respected buildings historian James Edgar."
- Rachael Hall, National Trust Archaeologist

Searching the archives
The Belton Volunteer Research Team has also lent a hand, having trawled through archival sources for clues about the building’s history which will help inform the overall historical analysis.

A hard hat in the window of Belton's stables

Belton's Stables Project

Keep up to date with Belton's 12-month stables project once it commences in 2018.