St Osyth Priory has a history dating back over 800 years’ and works to start the restoration of the precious buildings are now underway, following planning permission to build new homes, an exclusive wedding venue and visitor attraction that will directly fund the works. The family and City & Country are very keen to work with local people to help deliver this very exciting and long term project.
Works on site are currently focused on Bailiff’s Cottage and the Toll Barn which are Grade II* listed and date back to the 14th Century. The building was in a considerable state of disrepair and concerted efforts are being made to restore this building to the highest quality, keeping as much of the original fabric as possible. The beautiful oak A-frame roof structure had suffered badly after being infested with death beetle and woodworm. Locally based specialist carpentry and joinery business, High Class Carpentry, have been working on the project. Mark Robinson, Managing Director, commented:
“We have restored the intricate Oak A-Frame Trusses, being very careful to keep as close to the original as possible. Each of the trusses were taken apart, recorded and numbered before we started the task of restoring them. They were cleaned using a wire brush, and chisels and where necessary, glued and spliced in new oak, once put back together we have secured the old and new jointing with oak pegs to be in keeping with the original.
We are also working on the restoration of the roof dormers, tie beams joinery and making the staircases by hand, all three of them!”
The project is vast and will include buildings with all different histories and ages, there are years of consistent work for subcontractors and suppliers. Mark continues:
“Having carried out the structural restoration work and joiner and we are looking forward to moving on to Darcy House and The Gate House soon.”
RH Refurbishments are working on the masonry restoration and structural repairs, including the conservation and re-building of one of the chimney stacks on Bailiffs cottage which was at risk of being lost. David Row, Managing Director, commented:
“There is such longevity of work at St Osyth Priory, which financially is great, my guys also take great pleasure from seeing the finish product from a long term and special project rather than moving around all the time.”
“The buildings aren’t “run of the mill” we’ve worked on some interesting projects with City & Country but this is probably the most exciting and historic.”
St Osyth Priory is an exceptional heritage asset comprising 16 separate Grade I, II* and II listed buildings set within a Grade II registered historic park and garden. The setting and location is special which contributes to the working environment.
“We feel immensely privileged to be playing a part in such a grand vision for the restoration of St Osyth Priory, it is a large-scale project which offers continuous work on some of our nation’s most important heritage assets. Working in such beautiful surroundings is a real perk to the job.”
St Osyth Priory represents a partnership between the Sargeant family and City & Country, the UK’s leading specialist heritage developer. Helen Moore, Managing Director, commented:
“We are delighted to see works progressing in earnest at St Osyth and proud to have such a dedicated team working with us to achieve an excellent, high quality result. There is plenty of work ahead and we are looking for more subcontractors and suppliers to join us on this exceptional project.”
Whilst works are just beginning the project will span many years to bring it back into viable and beneficial use. Those that are interested in working directly on the project, or wish to join the supply chain, should Contact Us.