Caring for the Old Manor in Chiddingstone Village

Earlier this year we carried out some vital conservation work to the Old Manor house in Chiddingstone Village, one our rental properties. Using traditional materials and techniques, our team has ensured 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.

The team busy at work re-roofing the Old Manor
Conservation work being carried out to the buildings in Chiddingstone Village, a National Trust place in Kent
The team busy at work re-roofing the Old Manor

What work did we carry out?

Our skilled team was busy with various conservation and refurbishment works, including:

  • Re-roofing
  • Insulation
  • Re-servicing (including an electrical re-wire and new heating system)
  • Refurbishments to the kitchen and bathroom
The Old Manor works as seen from the front
Restoration works taking place on the Old Manor House in Chiddingstone Village, a National Trust place in Kent
The Old Manor works as seen from the front

Combining traditional techniques with modern day building

Our team worked hard to ensure the Old Manor is preserved for ever, using traditional conservation techniques.

All the works carried out had been carefully designed, embedding conservation philosophy which was 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 were put to good use in the timber structure repairs.

 

Timeline

13 Feb 18

A hidden suprise

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?

A vintage Easter egg found in the walls of the Old Manor in Chiddingstone Village, a National Trust site in Kent