Conserving the castle chimneys

The fireplace in the saloon at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

This September, we are undertaking a big conservation project on the castle chimneys. 23 chimneys will be swept, capped and repaired. Find out more about the project below and when you can see the work in action.

The works are being carried out by the Volcanic Chimney Company and will be starting on 10 September. But this isn't your normal chimney sweep; access scaffold towers will be erected around the perimeter of the castle to allow the contractors access to the top of the chimneys. This will happen a few days before work starts.

In the castle, you'll notice a sealed enclosure around the fireplace known as a Wendy House; this means they can safely sweep the chimneys without each room being affected by dust and debris that may fall down. You'll still be able to explore the castle as normal and you'll even be able to see the work in action.

Each chimney will be individually conserved
The fireplace in the Oak Room at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Each chimney will be individually conserved

As part of the project, stone/concrete slabs with stainless steel mesh will be placed on top of the chimneys and an inspection and ventilation plate will be installed. This work will ensure that no further debris can fall down the chimneys and that they are sufficiently well ventilated to prevent any deterioration of the flues. This means the chimneys will be well protected for the future. The work is expected to take a maximum of three weeks.

You can see the chimney conservation work take place during September
The fireplace in the Hall at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
You can see the chimney conservation work take place during September

This exciting conservation project wouldn't be possible without our supporters. Every penny spent at Croft goes back into vital conservation projects such as this one. Don't miss the work in action this September and keep an eye on the website for further updates.