The Walronds, Cullompton

External restoration of The Walronds

Earthouse Building Conservation Ltd was the only contractor carrying out cob and lime renovations at The Walronds in Cullompton, on behalf of the main contractor Splitlath Building Conservation Ltd. This was a lengthy project backed by English Heritage in order to restore this Grade 1 listed property in the middle of Cullompton High Street. This property was built in the early 1600’s and is of great historical value to the town, so we were very proud to be asked to assist in its restoration.

The Walronds is now open to the public with various events taking place. For more information please visit the website by clicking here.

Below you can see some before and after photos.

Rear aspect of The Walronds prior to restoration

Rear aspect of The Walronds prior to restoration

Rear aspect view following restoration of The Walronds

Rear aspect view following restoration of The Walronds

This photo shows the rear aspect of The Walronds prior to work commencing and the same view following the restoration work undertaken. Earthouse carried out conservation and restoration activities both internally and externally, before lime rendering the whole of the exterior and a large percentage of the internal areas.

Front aspect of The Walronds prior to restoration

Front aspect of The Walronds prior to restoration

Front aspect of The Walronds following restoration

Front aspect of The Walronds following restoration

This was the front aspect which looks out into the High Street. Little attention was paid to the building by the general public and many people assumed it was being left to fall into decay. It was shielded from public view whilst work was completed, but most agree that the wait was worth it! It was opened to the public in summer 2014.

Some of the damage and neglect to the property prior to its’ restoration can be seen below.

Plant growth damaging the walls of The Walronds

Plant growth damaging the walls of The Walronds

Restoration work to be done!

Scaffolding up ready for restoration work to commence

Damage to external window surround

Damage to external window surround

The photos below show some of the before and after photos; there are hundreds of photos that interested parties have taken throughout the project so people well into the future will be able to appreciate the conservation work that took place to restore this beautiful building to its former glory and more!

Internal restoration at The Walronds

Damage to decorative plaster work

Damage to decorative plaster work

Fully restored decorative plaster ceiling

Fully restored decorative plaster ceiling

Earthouse assisted with the decorative plasterwork and was responsible for restoring this ceiling.

Lime restoration at The Walronds

Lime restoration at The Walronds

A restored and newly furnished part of the suite of rooms upstairs. Earthouse worked on the lime plasterwork, restoring the laths where required and lime rendering the plaster.

Window place restoration - The Walronds

Window place restoration – The Walronds

Restored window place - The Walronds

Restored window place – The Walronds

The Walronds has some beautiful old windows, some original. However, the window surrounds were in need of a lot of work. These are some of the finished windows.

Bedroom - Before restoration - The Walronds

Bedroom – Before restoration – The Walronds

The Nun's Room after restoration

The Nun’s Room after restoration

The room above is a bedroom known as The Nuns’ Room. The first picture is prior to restoration. The walls and floor were restored along with the window surround. The walls have been lime rendered to create a soft textured finish.

Fully restored bedroom at The Walronds

Fully restored bedroom at The Walronds

Bedroom restoration - The Walronds

Bedroom restoration – The Walronds

Bedroom restoration

Bedroom restoration

Examples of the restored bedrooms.

Ongoing restoration work - The Walronds

Ongoing restoration work – The Walronds

Restored stairwell - The Walronds

Restored stairwell – The Walronds

The stairwell was fully stripped and restored. The first phot shows the work part way through, with first coats of lime plasterwork applied and new carpentry in place. The second photo shows the end result.

It is great to see that The Walronds is now being used for community and private events regularly. Recently local companies such as The Bakehouse and Pickle Shack have advertised events there, amongst others.

 

Lime Rendering

Lime rendering and plastering specialists

Lime is an amazing product; it is breathable so buildings release any damp, it is natural, it is versatile and although it is a traditional material used for thousands of years, it can also look very modern.

Earthouse can offer a range of lime rendering from hydraulic setting to traditional lime putty render.

External finishes are designed to be highly textured, which not only creates a tactile effect, but also ensures that the exterior achieves maximum breathability due to the larger surface area.

Internally we can create highly polished lime plasters or beautiful textured lime render finishes. We will always discuss your desired effect and we are able to give advice to ensure the integrity of traditional properties is maintained.

Examples of three different effects can be seen in the pictures of our recent projects below.

External lime rendering

Lime rendering

The Walronds – Grade 1 listed building in Cullompton – rear aspect

The Walronds - lime render

Front aspect of The Walronds facing into the High Street

Church lime rendering

Contact us - restoration of window surround

Westwood Church – old lime render removed

Lime render and plastering

Westwood Church – new lime plaster applied

Lime render and plaster

Westwood Church – newly lime rendered, plastered and lime washed.