Finally, after much consultation with the contractor and Conservation Officer, works
have commenced in the Library.
The Library had begun to look ‘shabby’ over recent years, and once this occurs unfortunately
users of the House tend not to have too much respect for the way they treat it.
As part of the restoration we are taking measures, by filling the books to the front
edges of the shelves, to ensure that it is impossible to stand cups and glasses on
them. Hopefully users will then respect and take more care of the room.
The Library prior to restoration work
This picture (right) shows the first section restored with books arranged tidily.
The work started in the middle of August and the first phase to complete the east
wall took some 15 days to complete. Besides the restoration of the polished woodwork,
there was a considerable amount of repair work required to broken door frames, much
of which was conducted offsite.
The re-polishing process involved initially removing the bleached polish using a
proprietary varnish stripper, followed by wire wool and some hand sanding until all
had been removed.
The finish was then built up by french polishing until the desired appearance was
achieved. Finally, wax was applied to the surface and then buffed to achieve the
It is a difficult balancing act for House Management, in that on the one hand the
House needs to attract income, yet on the other the character needs to be respected
and preserved. I hope that the latter can become more of a priority once these works
are completed, and the Library will not be allowed to deteriorate again.