Conserving the castle chimneys

The fireplace in the saloon at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

In September 2018, we undertook a big conservation project on the castle chimneys. 23 chimneys were swept, capped and repaired. Find out more about the project below.

The works were carried out by the Volcanic Chimney Company and began on 10 September. But this wasn't your normal chimney sweep; access scaffold towers were erected around the perimeter of the castle to allow the contractors access to the top of the chimneys.

In the castle, sealed enclosures were placed around the fireplaces, which are also known as Wendy Houses; this means they could safely sweep the chimneys without each room being affected by dust and debris.

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

As part of the project, stone/concrete slabs with stainless steel mesh were placed on top of the chimneys and an inspection and ventilation plate was installed. This work ensured 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 chimney conservation work took place during September 2018
The fireplace in the Hall at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
The chimney conservation work took place during September 2018

This exciting conservation project wouldn't have been possible without our supporters. Every penny spent at Croft goes back into vital conservation projects such as this one.