Hidden Secrets

Plasterwork discovered beneath the floor

Plasterwork discovered beneath the floor

Some exciting finds in the Hall last week.

In this picture we can see plaster work that has been hiding for over a hundred years! Floor boards were taken up on the 1st floor of the Hall, for part of the cabling work. Sir John Soane who had altered the Long Gallery beneath this, at the end of the 18th century, chopped and changed the room layouts and floors.

Mary

Mary delving under the floorboards.

Here we can see that Mary Luckhurst has discovered the plasterwork from what would have been the room below, concealed in this void beneath the floor of the upper vestibule! It was a very exciting find, and we wonder what else could be down there…

French striking mantel clock by Gavelle c.1790

French striking mantel clock by Gavelle c.1790

As work in the Hall continues, it is important to protect everything! Here Mary is removing the 1790s bronze and marble cased French mantle clock from the Yellow drawing room, with the help of Richard Simmonds, the Horologist. The scaffolding will be going up right there, by the mirror and we don’t want to risk things falling on it.

With such precious items, only meticulous care can be given. The pendulum and loose parts are removed and then it is all carefully dusted inside and out with a pony hair brush before packing away in a correx box.

Steph Parsons, Assistant House Steward at Wimpole must have a very steady hand!

With such precious items, only meticulous care can be given. The pendulum and loose parts are removed and then it is all carefully dusted inside and out with a pony hair brush before packing away in a correx box.

The finished clock. All ready to be packed away…

Meanwhile, upstairs in the Chancellor’s bedroom the wrapping continues. Slightly funnier looking, but equally as important, these cherub figures get carefully wrapped in acid free paper.

They’re transformed into safe little Michelin men. Ready for protective storing in boxes in the room.

Before...

Before…

After

After.

This Week!

Half Term is upon us and there’s lots to see and do at Wimpole.

A Paint Matching activity will be going on in the Servants Quarters of the Hall between 26th Oct – 3rd Nov.

A specialist painter will be repainting areas where there wiring has been removed. It is a difficult process to match up the colours and visitors are invited to join in and learn more about the process involved. All ages welcome. To find out more please check out our events page here: http://bit.ly/JqpZED

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