Re-flaunching of the kitchen ruins

Re-flaunching of the kitchen ruins

Conservation work has recently finished on re-flaunching of the kitchen wall ruins, situated next to the Great Tower in the inner moat. The flaunching (the original capping on top of some of the ruins which covers the brickwork) is believed to have been installed during Lord Curzon’s restoration project during 1912-1914. Over the winter we noticed that it had started to fail with pieces of the capping falling into the moat, exposing the brickwork underneath.

As part of ongoing conservation works at the Castle, this summer saw work being carried out to protect and re-flaunch the kitchen ruins.

The first step was to remove old failing flaunching before sending it off to be analysed to discover what it was made up of. After grinding up the old flaunching it was mixed in with lime mortar and replaced on top of the ruins to form a new protective seal over the brickwork. There was a layered approach to applying the lime mortar mix, allowing for time in between applications for drying of each layer. The window for applying lime mortar throughout the year is limited, mainly focused to the drier, warmer summer months.

All work was painstakingly carried out by hand and transported over the bridges in wheelbarrows, harking back to the early 1900’s and mimicking an action that the labourers back in Curzon’s day would have done.

Now that both the kitchens and one of the 13th century turret foundations has been re-flaunched our conservation team will be looking at future flaunching works across the castle. The next step is putting in a plan of action to replace failing flaunching in future years.

Vital conservation works such as this are able to be carried out thanks to each and every one of our visitors, who help conserve this special place for future generations to enjoy.