Granny's Summerhouse gets a new roof at Charlecote Park - The Leamington Observer

Granny's Summerhouse gets a new roof at Charlecote Park

WORK is under way to replace the roof on a miniature historical building at Charlecote Park.

Granny’s Summerhouse, located in the grounds of the National Trust property near Stratford, is being rethatched for the first time in decades to make the Grade II listed structure watertight.

Visitors are being encouraged to pop over and watch the conservation work taking place in real time. They’ll also be able to discover more about this particular heritage craft through free talks hosted each day by the master thatcher.

Around £21,000 has been invested by the property to carry out the work, which marks the start of a longer-term project to preserve the Grade II listed building over several years.

Charlecote’s general manager Rebecca Watson said: “Granny’s Summerhouse is a much-loved feature of Charlecote for many of our visitors. It was originally built by the Victorian owner Mary Elizabeth Lucy for her children and grandchildren to enjoy. As a conservation charity we want to preserve it so it can continue to be enjoyed for future generations.

“Once the thatching has been replaced, we will get a clearer picture of all the works that are needed. But we need help to raise money for these remaining works which include repairing damage to the stained-glass windows, conserving the interior of the building – including the panelling and silk ceiling covers – and repairing the exterior larch cladding and some structural timbers.”

Visitors can help raise cash for the much-needed conservation work by purchasing a special pin badge which has been designed by volunteer Liz Bennett, or by donating directly to the project.

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