The protective covers have been removed from the equipment, and the new kitchen is now being prepared for the opening of the Stables Café.
Belton's Stables Project
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’re carrying out 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.
Preserving the historic integrity of the stables
We’ve retained and restored 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’ve used this information when making repairs and where possible we've left sections exposed, so the techniques we’ve used remain visible.
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.
The decorative samples we collected have been 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.
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 were matched to the national colour scheme tables and informed our choice of colour when we refurbished the stalls.
23 Jul 19
The kitchen is ready for service
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.
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.