Posted: February 04th 2021
by Sophie Twyford
At the end of last year, Messenger began the restoration of the Thomas Messenger Glasshouse, running the project in conjunction with the restoration of the Samuel Wyatt Vinery. Repairs to the northern buildings of the glasshouse and bell tower were completed last February by the same team and it is great to welcome them back to complete its restoration. So far, the western half of the framework has been removed by Foster and Pearson, specialists in the restoration of historic glasshouses, to be worked on in their workshop. In a few weeks’ time then will return with the new framework ready to be finished by the Messenger team. Meanwhile, the site conservators have stripped the timber on the eastern half, repaired any splits or rot in the wood and given it a coat of linseed oil that will help condition the timber. The western half is also undergoing some internal alterations, the original path has been discovered and will be reinstated. This project is due to be completed before April.
Over at the Samuel Wyatt Vinery, the roofing works are nearing completion. The sarking board has been repaired, felted and battened, and the roofers are now fixing the enormous slates, the largest measuring 36” wide.
Inside, the structural ironwork within the vinery has been surveyed for cracking and the enormous oak sill has been treated with linseed oil and is now being fitted by the on-site carpenters. Repairs to the ceiling joists have been completed and so our plasterer was able to start lathing the ceiling to the Head Gardeners office. Soon he will start re-plastering in lime plaster.