Alford Lincolnshire UK
famous for the Alford Craft Market and Manor House
Alford Manor House Report: 2005 September 21
Manor House Restoration Progress report

restored floorThatched Roof and Internal Work

The roof has now been finished and looks wonderful. It has been covered in copper chicken wire, which will help prevent moss growth. The pointing has been touched up, and the painters have done the top windows on the third floor.

Inside, the top floors were all down, though not yet all complete on the second floor. The ceiling of the tea room has been tied in. More stripping of floors has taken place (especially of the middle room above the hallway). The ceiling of the upstairs attic rooms have held up well. A lime, cow hair and sand/plaster mix on hazel lathe have been used.. A cut-out through to the thatch has been made with a glass viewing panel.

There is a lot to do on the ground floor. The hallway floor is not being taken up, but there will be new flooring in the Tea Room. The top of the winding staircase has been completed. The rest of the roofing repairs will be done when the scaffolding comes down. The wiring has just about been finished.

Planning application has been made for the lightning conductor. The cat-hole door in the attic has been restored and put back where it was.

next: 2005 September: Topping Out
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For many years the Craft Market has held special weekends - Spring and August Bank Holiday in the Manor House grounds.