Caring for our buildings in the Midlands

We care for a huge range of different buildings here in the Midlands, from grand stately homes to follies and glass houses. No two are the same but each play their part in the story of our history and heritage. Here are just a few of the amazing projects we have going on and have recently been completed by our amazing team of experts, staff and volunteers.

Hardwick stonemason carving letters in the flagstone
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The Workhouse – Past, Present, Future

The Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire

The new Workhouse aims to reinforce and re-establish the role that this property should play in society today, telling the story of how society has tackled poverty, health and social welfare both then and now.

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Explore the house at Clandon Park

Clandon Park, Surrey

Sharing our progress since the fire has been really important to us. This year we’ve been able to go further and have extended the walkway originally built in 2016, further into the house.

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Holidays at Horton

Horton Court, South Gloucestershire

Horton Court is now open as a holiday cottage

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A la Ronde Roof Project

A la Ronde, Devon

Things will look a bit different at A la Ronde this season. Work has now started to fix our leaky roof with scaffolding being erected from the 8th July. Look out for some one-of-a-kind 16-sided scaffolding, find out why we’re doing this essential work and how you can help us keep the unique shell gallery safe and dry

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Restoring Blickling's Silvergate cottages

Blickling Estate, Norfolk

In April 2016, a fire devastated a row of thatched cottages on the Blickling Estate. Thanks to the help of specialist craftspeople, we have now restored these historic cottages, so that they can be homes once more...

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13 top tips for maintaining your own "stately" home

Our building surveyors are key in looking after our special places, from general maintenance to large scale project support. Meet Paul, one of our Senior Building Surveyors in the Midlands for some of his top tips for your own home.

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Guided Tours and Talks

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

One of the best ways to get an insight in to the story of Dinefwr is through our regular Guided tours.

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Discover Lavenham's Hidden Secrets

Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk

Ready for a new discovery? Lavenham has had a turbulent five hundred years of history; this quintessential Suffolk gem has seen it all, from extreme hardship and poverty to fabulous wealth and even Hollywood glamour.

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Building Maintenance in the Midlands

Think about the maintenance you do on your own home, clearing guttering or cleaning the windows. Have you ever stopped on a visit to think about what it would be like to do these jobs on a stately home scale? With large scale projects filling the limelight it's easy to forget about the day to day maintenance that keeps our places in top condition.

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Dyrham Park Rework'd

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

A £10 million project is underway to revitalise Dyrham Park.

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Meet the architects at Clandon Park

Clandon Park, Surrey

Allies and Morrison is a leading UK architectural practice known for its inspiring designs and the variety of its projects, including work with historic places. With past projects in the heritage sector ranging from World Heritage sites to Grade-I listed buildings, get to know the team who’ll help us to rebuild Clandon Park.

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Clandon Park International Design Competition

Clandon Park, Surrey

Through our International Design Competition we’re searching for a world-class multidisciplinary design team to restore and reimagine Clandon Park, following the major fire. The competition launched in March and following the shortlist announcement, the winning team will be revealed this autumn.

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The Pin Mill at Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Visit the interior of the iconic Pin Mill and see the famous flowering terraces, as the donor family would have done years ago.

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Winchester City Mill’s major structural restoration 2018

Winchester City Mill, Hampshire

During the heavy floods over the winter of 2013 and 2014, the mill suffered significant damage. As the water receded and repair work began, we found that many of the ancient beams were in a bad state of decay.

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Conservation in progress

Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

Canons Ashby is getting a lot of care and attention behind the scenes between the end of September until November. A lot of expert help is needed to keep this 500 year old building looking its best for future generations.

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Things are looking up

Wallington, Northumberland

Visit the House during the next couple of week to see a large piece of conservation work taking place as we survey the beautiful plaster ceilings in some of the key rooms.

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Croome parkland restoration over the years

Croome, Worcestershire

Since 1996 we have continued to restore this 'Capability' Brown landscape.

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Things to do at Knole this summer

Knole, Kent

Here comes summer … and we’re ready with open arms to greet it. Discover what’s happening at Knole during this warmest of seasons, from conservation to workshops and family events. Find out about our free Knole Sunday Shuttle Bus service running throughout the school holidays.