Help Packwood get back on the tiles!
This year we are fundraising to conserve the Delft tiles in the Ireton bathroom and bedroom as they have been highlighted as an item in the collection which needs urgent treatment.
The tiles around the fireplaces are fragile and have limited support from the plaster bedding behind them. When lightly tapped they sound hollow, particularly towards the floor, and there is movement with the tiles.
The bathroom holds 407 whole tiles and 63 part tiles. The tiles themselves appear to be somewhat thicker than those to the fire-surround. For the most part these tiles appear well fixed, and whilst there is no clear indication as to the make-up of the mortar, it is thought that asbestos has been used as insulation to the wall. The grouting mortar between the tiles is very hard, and there is no movement of any of the undamaged tiles.
To remove the fireplace tiles the metal grates will be removed, the tiles will then be sent to the ceramic specialist and the plaster repaired. The tiles on the bathroom walls cannot be removed without taking the wall down so they will be repaired in situ.
This year, one of Packwood's volunteers is running the Great North Run in September to help raise money to repair this beautiful part of Packwood's collection. Martin say's, 'as a keen runner and dedicated volunteer, I have the opportunity to combine two of my passions to raise money and help ensure that the tiles are there for future generations to enjoy’.
Buying a raffle ticket for this project will directly help us to preserve this unique piece of history. For more information please speak to a member of the team or give the property a call on 01564 782024.