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Restoring Period Property's Interior

Somersal Hall, Somersal Herbert - Derbyshire.

Somersal Hall is an outstanding Grade I listed Elizabethan Hall - one of very few large timber framed buildings to be found in Derbyshire.

Period Property Restoration

The house was built in 1564 for John Fitzherbert although it incorporates an older Great Hall from around the year 1500. Later additions were made in 1712 and 1850 but these have not detracted from its basic Elizabethan character. The entrance side has its original close narrow upright stud timbering with motif decoration and an extraordinary array of gables and overhangs.

Restoration Of A Period Property InteriorThe scope of the restoration project was wide and covered the restoration and conservation of the Grand Hall, windows, doors, panelling and a period ogee oak fire surround within the house.

In the Grand Hall, the 19th century floor required gentle cleaning and refinishing with traditional materials in order to maintain the signs of age and patina.

The 18th century panelling had many honest repairs and additions throughout, each area had its own finish and materials, therefore a blend of oils, waxes and shellacs was required to gently revive the patina of sections of panelling.

Windows of Oak had several rotten glazing beads replaced with English Oak and left unfinished to turn a natural silver grey.

Restoring Panelling In A Period PropertyThe main bedroom is fitted with very impressive wall panelling, inherited from another building many years ago. The panelling is early 18th century with period pine faux doors as part of the fixture. Scumble residue had to be reduced and the original oil finish revived. Also a period style fireplace required making and fitting, taking details from around the house.

Creating New Panelling In A Period Property Restoration A closet had a section of panelling created to cloak an unsightly water tank. Details such as carvings and moulding were adapted to give the Screen an authentic appearance, helping to blend the new area with the original.
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