When a dormer window unexpectedly collapsed, a structural weakness to the roofline was exposed. Due to the shape of the building, a highly complex engineer-designed scaffold was created to overcome the added complication that the 500 year old building is surrounded by a moat. Special sized components had to fit tight and safely so the attraction could remain open to the public.
The tiles were in need of repair are black-glazed pantiles, bought by the 4th Baronet to replace the originals in the 1770s. At the time of purchase, he noted he required 50,000 pan-tiles and 800 ridge-tiles from Holland as any was weatherworn, cracked and damaged.
These elaborate chimneys are standing tall (if somewhat wonky) on the roof of Oxburgh Hall and with the help of Bulmer Brick & Tile Company, who have the original moulds, those in need of repair will have hand-made bricks created that look as they’ve always been there.
There are 14 dormer windows of varying shapes and sizes, all of which need dismantling and rebuilding. The dormers were added in the 19th century and although they’ve held on well for the last 150 years, the collapse of one in 2016 made it clear they’re in need of some TLC.
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