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Wakefield Lodge

Grade II star listed country home

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Wakefield Lodge was built in 1748-1750 by William Kent for the 2nd Duke of Grafton. It is a very fine example of grade II star listed limestone Ashlar Georgian country home.

Having recently suffered from fire damage to its finest plaster ceiling, R D Allsop Plastering were commissioned to repair and restore the intricate plasterwork.

Starting with repairs to the oak timbers, bracketing and riven oak lath ceilings to give us a firm structure to work from. Once this was achieved we then moved onto the ornamental decorative plasterwork.

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The next step was to take the skin moulds of the individual parts of the casement features, these were Acanthus leaf, Egg and Dart, Virtruvian scroll and a Guilloche for the soffit. This was carried out on site and then taken back to our workshop to be refined and cleaned to enable us to cast accurate copies of the existing plaster details. We then set about running the in-situ cornice to carry the plaster enrichments.

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Running the Cornice was one of the more tricky aspects of the whole job as the existing oak timbers were twisted and sagging from the burden of carrying the heavy plaster ceilings for so many years.

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Our next challenge was the fixing of the cast plaster enrichments, which along with removing the castings from the moulds is the most exciting phase of the job.

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This process is a labour intensive but highly skilled aspect of our trade. Many of the details and features of the design were hand-modeled in-situ, accurately reproducing the exact replicas of the original. It took many hard days labour to achieve the standard we aimed for. However, the result was a rewarding one.

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The final product of our endeavours, we feel is more than a match for the original craftsmen, whom had the pleasure to create this fine Georgian ornamental plaster ceiling.

To take part in this restoration project from burnt oak timbers to fine ornamental plaster ceiling was a challenge that
R D Allsop plastering are proud to have been involved with.

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