Wightwick Manor was built and furnished according to the Arts & Crafts ideals; it dates from 1887-8, with a later extension in 1893. It is recognised as an important example of the architecture and design of the later 19th century, containing much work by the leading designers of the day and is one of only a few such houses.
How the project started
Wightwick Manor's significance comes from its interior equally as its exterior. The iconic & ornate timber frame however is not structural, but instead superficial and allowing for high decorative features. The facades also contain rich decorative bay windows, chimneys, stained glass, bargeboards and stonework.
After more than 125 years, the frame is showing signs of deterioration due to age and weathering and the timber is losing its integrity. This is resulting in movement of the frame, the plaster infill panels becoming loose, oak pegs falling out and window frames requiring repair.
Our project aims
By the end of 2026, The Big MEND project aims to:
- Repair the timber framework
- Remove moss and plant growth
- Reinstate lead flashing
- Repair sills and frames to oak windows
- Repairs & repointing to chimneys and rain water goods
- Repair Porch to Upper Hall
- Stripping & relaying of roof slopes
- Repair weathervane & regild compass letters
This work will be phased over three years, between 2023/24 to 2025/26.