Well who'd have thought an Easter egg would have a part to play in the Old Manor restoration work. This vintage cardboard egg was found hidden behind a wall in the top room of the house by one of our workers. It's certainly a relic from a bygone era; what decade do you think it's from?
Caring for the Old Manor in Chiddingstone Village
We're working on some vital conservation work to the Old Manor house in Chiddingstone Village, one our rental properties. Using traditional materials and techniques, our team is helping to ensure its continued use and enjoyment as a treasured family home.
A special piece of British history
Inside the house there are tell-tale signs of the buildings evolution from a Tudor dwelling to a modern home.
In the roof void smoke-blackened plaster can be seen, dating from the original use when much of the building would have been open to the roof. Many of the original structural timbers can also be seen.
In the 17th-century a substantial brick chimney was installed, cutting through the building. This allowed for the insertion of floor structures and room division. The introduction of this work was the first move in transitioning to a more modern way of living.
The building's charm lies in its highly decorative timbers, windows and adornments, all of which have been added through each evolution of the building. Every little detail portrays the wealth and status of those who once lived here.
What work are we up to?
Our skilled team is busy with various conservation and refurbishment works, including:
- Re-servicing (including an electrical re-wire and new heating system)
- Refurbishments to the kitchen and bathroom
Combining traditional techniques with modern day building
Our team is working hard to ensure the Old Manor is preserved for ever, using traditional conservation techniques.
All the works being carried out have been carefully designed, embedding conservation philosophy which has been informed by a detailed archaeological assessment.
To maintain the spirit of the house, intrusions to the historic building fabric have been kept to a minimum. Wherever possible we've also strived to make any alterations reversible.
On top of this we're dedicated to using traditional materials, such as lime plaster, along with traditional carpentry techniques which are being put to good use in the timber structure repairs.
How long will the works last?
The works began in November 2017 and are scheduled to complete in April 2018.