As we get closer to the opening of the new Stables Café, seating has started to be installed in the stalls.
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’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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
17 Jul 19
The arrival of furniture
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.
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.