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Restoration of Fibrous Plaster & Lime Pasterwork in Grade I Listed Stoke Rochford Hall

Client Details

  • Client Name: Stoke Rochford Hall
  • Location:Lincolnshire

About This Project

Stoke Rochford Hall is a country house built in a Gothic style in 1841. It was seriously damaged by fire around 2006 when the ornate ceilings and lime plaster walls in the principal rooms were destroyed, further significant damage was caused by the huge quantities of water poured into the building to deal with the blaze. Stevensons were employed to reinstate the lost historic plasterwork in four large rooms. The Grand Hall, The Library, The Tudor Room and the Rochford Room.

The task involved collating fragments following the fire, studying the historic plans, developing our drawings, patterns, moulds, manufacturing and installation of the replacement ornate plaster details. The ornate plasterwork, originally lime, was replaced with fibrous plaster. The walls were renewed using traditional lime on lath methods.

The result was a faithful reproduction of what was lost for which Stevensons were awarded the Plaisterers Trophy in 2008. The judges comments were:

'Superb workmanship is evident from both the workshop and the site installation. Flawless quality castings were produced from the remnants left after the fire.

The project demonstrates outstanding works both off and on site. The sheer size of the rooms and thousands of individual components required was impressive. The visual impact when entering the rooms is amazing.

It would be a disservice to all craftsmen and apprentices involved not to honour this project with an award.'