A hive of activity inside the Folly

Wimpole Estate NT

This week, Cliveden Conservation Conservator, Andrea Walker, talks us through the restoration work taking place inside the Folly.

2-The Upper Mezzanie, before removing decayed flrbrds The Upper Mezzanine, before removing decayed floorboards

3-The Upper Mezzanine, cleaned and joist replacement in progress The Upper Mezzanine, cleaned and joist replacement in progress

With the colder, wetter, winter weather descending upon us, our Wood Conservation Team seems pretty pleased with themselves – they’re the only ones working indoors!

1-investigating the floor from below Investigating the floor from below

Working their way down, level by level, they are repairing and reinstating the floors inside the Main Tower.

The safest access is via the Prospect Room window. Luck for us, the stone tracery was missing and we were able to install a temporary door there. But with this as our only point of access, it has been tricky getting these lovely new long oak joists up and in through the space.

Because space is limited and for safety reasons with the lack of floors, we’ve kept…

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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