Belton's Stables Project

Project
The staircase leading to the second floor inside Belton's stables building

Belton’s stable block was built in 1685 and is recognised as being of ‘exceptional significance for its aesthetic and historical value’. It’s one of only 21 Grade I listed stables in England, important for the number of original features still intact.

We’ve begun a major rehabilitation project to stabilise the upper floors, preserving the historic features and employing craftspeople who are skilled in traditional building techniques such as lime plastering and stone masonry.

Traditional building techniques
Traditional building techniques used for Belton's stables project
Traditional building techniques

Preserving the historic integrity of the stables

We’ll retain and restore the original fixtures such as fireplaces and the seventeenth-century casement windows in situ where we can.

The historic building survey shows us exactly what the original lime mixtures used on the walls, floors and ceilings would have been. We’ll use this information when making repairs and where possible leave sections exposed, so the techniques we’ve used remain visible.

Structural decline on the first floor
Structural decline on the first floor of Belton's stables, Lincolnshire
Structural decline on the first floor

A closer look at ‘layering’

We’ve taken a closer look at the decorative materials applied to the walls and other surfaces of the ground floor stables and first-floor accommodation.

Evidence of staff accommodation on the first floor
Evidence of staff accommodation on the first floor inside Belton's stables building, Lincolnshire
Evidence of staff accommodation on the first floor

The decorative samples we’ve collected will be carefully documented for future reference and research. We now have a much clearer picture of the way these spaces were lived in and used until the 1970s.

Wallpaper layers in the family quarters
Wallpaper layers in the family quarters of Belton's stables, Lincolnshire
Wallpaper layers in the family quarters

The multiple layers of colourful floral and flocked wallpaper that we peeled from the first floor rooms suggest the accommodation was surprisingly homely.

We’ve taken more than 600 paint samples from the stalls, loose boxes and upper floors. The paint scrapes from the ground floor have been matched to the national colour scheme tables and will inform our choice of colour when we refurbish the stalls.

Paint scrapes from the first floor
Paint scrapes from the first floor of Belton's Grade 1 Listed Stables, Lincolnshire
Paint scrapes from the first floor

Although the stables will be closed for the duration of the project, alternative on-site catering facilities will be provided in the temporary Pavilion Café, located on the front lawn.

Latest updates

17 Jul 19

The arrival of furniture

As we get closer to the opening of the new Stables Café, seating has started to be installed in the stalls.

Stables redevelopment, Belton House, Lincolnshire

15 Jul 19

The entrance at the ready

The original coach house doors, at the south of the building, are in place and have been freshly painted. They conceal automatic glass doors which will provide visitor access to the main café.

Stables redevelopment, Belton House, Lincolnshire

10 Jul 19

Board room nearing completion

The plastering and painting of the second-floor board room are now complete, and the radiators and light fittings have been installed. This room will be available for external bookings from late summer. We’ll post another update when the room is completed.

Stables redevelopment, Belton House, Lincolnshire