This week has seen some real headway with the restoration works, with Greendale uncovering some pale yellow tiles, which our Archives team estimate to be from the Victorian period. It is suggested in a 1950’s plan of the house that this room, at the far end of the Penleaze wing, was a study. Two book shelves have also been discovered with the Archives team looking into when these date from.
We have also had Tim from Context Engineering LTD on site to remove the range so that it may be restored and reinstalled into the kitchen once the works have been completed. The decision was taken during the planning process that the range should not be brought back to working, or near working order, but rather left in the way it is currently with minor cosmetic improvements to make it safe to be on show to the public. It is one of the oldest ranges of its kind in the country.
It has been fascinating to have Tim on site and watch as he has brushed away decades worth of soot from the range! He says that this is likely to have fallen down from the chimneys back into the oven as it has been unused since the 1960s.