Essential works continue
‘Essential works’ are the repairs and conservation which, as the name suggests, are essential to the survival of the core structure of the house. Some of the issues we’ve found have pre-dated the fire. Key work included making good headway through the repairs to the brick fabric of the external walls. Working with a brickmaker using the same seam of London Clay, and brickmaking techniques similar to those used to create our original bricks, our heritage bricklayer has replaced and repaired areas where the brickwork was damaged.
When fire swept through the house several additional issues were created. The building is contaminated by the oxidised lead roof, for example. Research forms part of the essential works, including surveys to check the stability of the remaining structure, and to analyse the remains of wallpaper and paintwork discovered around the building. We’ve discovered tiny fragments of 18th century wallpaper hidden in one room under a picture rail, for example, along with the vibrant blue paint on the wooden wall panelling discovered hidden from view in the State Bedroom before the fire. A specialist in the conservation and restoration of historic building interior and exterior features is analysing the wallpaper and paint to identify what they are made of, when they were made and looking for clues for dating.