The Vyne roof project timeline



The timeline below highlights key stages in the project as we rescue this former Tudor palace. We are fundraising to complete the repairs, if you would like to support us please go to The Vyne Appeal


In an ongoing project, work began in October 2016 to repair our roof and make the property watertight. Scaffolding surrounds the house with hoarding covering up to the first floor of the façade.


Latest updates

17 Jul 17

One of 15 ‘bat ladders’ is installed

Our carpenters have invented these ‘bat ladders’. These will go underneath some of The Vyne’s new roof tiles enabling bats to crawl through the insulation and into the attic space in winter. The Vyne’s roof is peppered with bat roosting sites and we’re making sure these are all still accessible to our bats when the project is finished.

A 'bat ladder' is inserted into The Vyne's roof.

13 Jul 17

Tiling of the oak gallery roof nears completion

This time-lapse footage shows tiles being fitted to the roof above the oak gallery. Bat-friendly Type F1 felt is installed followed by tile battens, ventilation aids and roof tiles.

04 Jul 17

We find evidence of a bat family in our chapel roof

A bat dusk emergence survey indicates there is still a maternity roost in the chapel roof space. Work will not start to this area until the baby bats have fledged.

The chapel roof at dusk during The Vyne roof project