Repairing the Great Hall roof

Caring for historic buildings such as Middleton Hall is a daily challenge and often very costly. Because our buildings are Grade II* listed and very delicate due to their age and construction, we have to take extra care with the materials and methods we use. Our Tudor Great Hall is no exception, which is why we are fundraising to fix our new unexpected water feature…

Part of the damage caused to the Great Hall roof

The Great Hall was built circa. 1493 and is at the heart of Middleton Hall. Over the centuries, it has been used to host luxurious dinners, grand dances and even the knighting of Francis Willoughby by Queen Elizabeth I. Today, it is open for visitors and is also used for private functions such as wedding ceremonies.

The small visible leak has revealed a problem that has probably been many years in the making but only now has got to the stage where the internal damage to the structure has started to effect the external decoration of the original woodwork and walls.

This winter we have had to patch the leak and took the opportunity to do a bit of investigative work into the structure to see if we could determine exactly what was wrong. Our experienced conservation architect was slightly worried by what we found and unfortunately the structure of the roof is going to present us with more problems than we originally had hoped there would be. This means we will have to re-double our fundraising efforts in order to ensure that our plans for a summer 2021 repair remain on track.

Ron Thomas at Middleton Hall

We have already raised £4,089.00 towards the roof repairs and we still have a bit of a way to go to meet our match funding target of £15,000.00. The money raised so far is thanks to generous donations and fantastic fundraising efforts.

Middleton Hall volunteer, Ron Thomas organised a classical guitar concert to raise money towards the roof repairs in September 2019. The efforts of Ron and his talented students raised over £600.00 towards this vital project.

Mary Habart is also attempting a sponsored cycle ride to help and so far she has raised £996, click here to read more about her challenge!

You can donate to this project via our Just Giving page.