Heritage work to a Grade I Listed Building
Our work is always very varied and today 2 of our craftsman are working at the wonderful Cragside House in Rothbury, Northumberland. Cragside, aside from it's wonderful location, has many charms and a fascinating history. It is Grade I listed, built in 1863 as a modest two storey lodge and extended to an elaborate mansion by Robert Norman Shaw in Free Tudor style. Built into a rocky hillside above a forest garden famous for it's Rhododendrons, it was the country home of armaments manufacturer Lord Armstrong, and has been now owned and run by the National Trust since 1977. It is famously the first house to be lit with hydro-electric power.
A hydraulic lift was added somewhere between 1870-1880 which worked from the Jigger Room up to the second floor, a total journey of 9 metres. This was actually installed to make the servants life easier as it meant that they could take the visitors luggage, coal and hot water to the upper floors more easily.
We have already made repairs using traditional methods to the Cellar and the Undercroft, but today our craftsmen are finishing off work in the Jigger Room where they have repaired a lath and plaster ceiling using hand riven oak laths and 3 coat lime haired plaster. By tomorrow the job will be completed, so our skilled craftsmen will make the journey south for other work to be undertaken on rather more modest homes and residences.