The Restoration Project
Condition Before Restoration
- A temporary roof-cover was put in place over the demolished
roof, but the considerable water ingress had caused
serious internal damage to the building.
- All doors and windows had at one time been secured, but
constant vandalism had resulted in only the ground
floor protection remaining in place.
- The inside fittings had been completely gutted.
- All of the cast-iron fireplaces had been removed together
with the very attractive stair balusters and oak handrail.
- Fortunately the removal of the upstairs windows allowed
adequate ventilation to prevent any visible fungus growth.
- The floors were covered,
in places to a depth of 10cm, with various forms of
detritus. This was cleared before restoration work
began by volunteer groups organised by the West
Midlands Historic Buildings Trust.
water damage had occurred
of the fireplaces had been stolen