Saturday, 18 April 2015

Another trip away...

I know - we have been away - AGAIN!....and to keep to tradition here, I'm going to share the trip with you.  We went to some National Trust properties, so I think this post, and probably another, will be based on these visits.

I'm going to start with DYRHAM PARK ...I've heard about it and as we were in the area we stopped off there.  Now, it has to be said that if you were in need of scaffolding, in this area, at this time, you would probably and most likely be totally out of luck, as I think Dyrham has nabbed it all...I kid you not....take a look

They get the prize for the largest amount of
scaffolding that COMPLETELY covers the building
to the point they had to put a 'picture'  on the front
to remind people there is a building hidden there!

To be honest the scaffolding was well thought out (probably the best I have ever seen and I have seen a lot in my time)...even from the photo above you can see it is well 'designed'

The whole of the roof is being replaced, so all the slates and lead are coming off.  It will take over a year to complete this job costing in excess of 3 million pounds!



the picture above and below here of the side of the building. This does show that the scaffolding went far higher than the actual building
and there are glass lifts on it!





I thought the picture below looked like a 'set' from the Ideal Home Exhibition, but it isn't - this is the real thing.




It was difficult to get photos without the metal work ...
but I did achieve a couple...






I didn't take photos inside the house, although photographs are allowed providing you don't use the flash.  The strange thing is, all this ongoing works didn't spoil the visit at all, in fact it made it even more interesting.  Saying that there is also more to see in the grounds but we will revisit when the scaffolding has gone and that will give me the opportunity for another blog post about this gorgeous place.

Oh...and in case anyone has wondered how to pronounce the name,

Link: DYRHAM

 
it does have an odd spelling after all....
it's

'deer um'




12 comments:

  1. We have a tv program called This Old House which shows the remodeling of an older home week by week. This would make a great This Old House feature.

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    1. This place would be big enough to make a whole series for them! :-)

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  2. Wow, that's amazing. Wonder why it needs to be so much taller then the building.?.

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    1. We wondered that too. Didn't occur to us at the time to ask anyone though. Perhaps it was a Health and Safety thing.

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  3. Thanks for sharing some of your trip!

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  4. Holy scaffolding, Batman! I don’t quite understand why so much? It seems to go WAY higher than the actual building itself….? Beautiful setting, even with the Erector Set around it! lol

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    1. I know.....reckon they must have given instruction to the scaffold team that there was No Way it could fall down, so they went way way over the top, literally! lol.

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  5. That is an impressive amount of scaffolding, Ann! I love it when these old buildings are kept and renovated! Would love to see the inside. Looking forward to see more of your trip.

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    1. It was good and yes impressive Judy....never seen such well thought out scaffolding before. Inside the house was nice, but I think it did have some restricted access due to the work, so I'm looking forward to going back at some point.

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  6. Thanks for posting this. I found it totally fascinating. For a start it was a memory buster! Hate to think how many years since I was there. Most likely the extra height would be to accommodate the boom arm which would haul the materials up and swing them across? Loved how the green fence stuff matched the grass...and the photo mural in the long shot. Little touches like that let you know they are thinking about the viewing public. Nice.

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    1. Hi Julie, glad you have been there and know what it looks like. Your theory about the boom arm could be right, it certainly was strange having the scaffolding so high. They definitely thought about the viewing public in so many ways, it actually made the work they were doing part of the experience.

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