Restoring the Portico at Hinton Ampner

The North Portico entrance at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

We're restoring the woodwork on Hinton Ampner's North Portico to return it to its former glory and protect it for the future.

What's a portico?

The portico is the porch at the north entrance to the house with a pair of columns supporting a triangular pediment above. They featured heavily in Georgian architecture and take their inspiration from the impressive structures of ancient Greece.

The portico during the restoration after the fire of 1960.
The Portico over the north entrance to Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
The portico during the restoration after the fire of 1960.

Hinton Ampner's portico was added by Ralph Dutton as part of the remodelling he started in 1936, and features the Dutton family crest complete with the motto Servabo fidem - "I will keep faith".

The Dutton family crest complete with motto Servabo fidem - "I will keep faith"
Dutton family crest above the entrance to Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
The Dutton family crest complete with motto Servabo fidem - "I will keep faith"

What will we be doing?

The portico survived the fire of 1960 remarkably unscathed, but during a recent inspection it was found to have deteriorated and is now in need of urgent repair.

The base of the portico's columns are in urgent need of repair.
Deterioration to the portico at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
The base of the portico's columns are in urgent need of repair.

With your help we can restore the portico and give Hinton Ampner the classically beautiful entrance it deserves.

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