Thanks for calling in.
Like Jan from Jan's Ramblings, we've paid a visit to The Vyne, a National Trust property near Basingstoke, to have a look at their roof walkway whilst the scaffolding is up and the roof renovation project is in progress. It took three months to erect the scaffolding before they could get cracking.
Walking up the stairs, 74 steps, rather than going in the makeshift lift, the first thing that strikes you is that there are loads of pitched roofs, not just the one big one, over a much larger area than is apparent from the ground.
Lead was being hammered into position on the first roof, a change in material from the original slate due to it being unsuitable for efficient drainage . How neat it all looked. Little gaps were being left in the roofing felt for the bats to be able to get in, as well as bat boxes placed here and there.
|The little white frilly edged strip on the black felt is to enable the bats to get in and out. The metal strip is the lightening conductor.|
The pitch of the roof below had to be changed as it was too steep and the rain water would just whoosh down, the newly secured wood had to be taken off and redone.
|The new tiles ready to be laid. Visitors can write a message on a tile for a donation. Great to think the message might be found when the roof next needs repairing.|
There was a good view of the garden from above.
Throughout the building work, the ground floor of the house has been open although the rooms have been disturbed and unexpected collections are on display together with music and video displays. A great deal of care has been taken that objects and the house interior are kept safe from all the banging and hammering. It is supposed to be back to normal by December but that looks a tall order but completing the work to the highest level should take precedence rather than rushing. Work over the important chapel with its beautiful stained glass windows featuring Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, doesn't start till October.
Time for a cheese scone I think.
If you'd like to have a look at this historic Tudor house, which was visited by King Henry VIII, before the work, here's a link to one of my previous posts.
There's an interesting story about a ring which is on display which I'll tell you about another time.