Improvements planned for grade-II medieval listed building

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 April 2019

The roof structure at Tickenham Court. Picture: Simon Hickman

The roof structure at Tickenham Court. Picture: Simon Hickman

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A grade-II listed building will undergo an extensive refurbishment.

The roof structure at Tickenham Court. Picture: Simon HickmanThe roof structure at Tickenham Court. Picture: Simon Hickman

Bosses of Tickenham Court Farm, in Washing Pound Lane, have applied to repair the hall and remove its 1960s false ceiling to reveal an original mediaeval roof structure.

Solar wings and windows will also be removed, while external masonry repairs including the replacement of timber casements with stone tracery and the construction of a new oriel between the hall and withdrawing room are also planned.

The medieval hall dates back to the Middle Ages and the parlour was used for agricultural purposes in the 18th century.

By the 1940s the building had avoided serious alteration but had become dilapidated, with most accommodation provided at the north end of the house.

The roof structure at Tickenham Court. Picture: Simon HickmanThe roof structure at Tickenham Court. Picture: Simon Hickman

A Tickenham Court spokesman said: “The building's condition suggests a comprehensive repair is required and doing it in the near future will avoid an acceleration of deterioration, and an associated increase in costs.

“The construction of an appropriate link between the hall and the parlour, re-establishing this significant route, would bring the hall back into more regular and comfortable use.

“This is likely to encourage more careful and thorough maintenance and repair of the building in the future, as well as demonstrating the original hierarchical arrangement of the high end and dais.”

The plans have also received backing from Historic England.

Simon Hickman, the charity's development advice team leader in the South West, said: “Tickenham Court is a fantastic example of a medieval hall which dates back to around 1400.

“The roof structures are particularly fine examples of the carpenter's craft, but are now in need of repair.

“We have been involved in discussions about the building for some time and recently advised on various proposals, after carrying out a detailed site inspection.

“We advised the council that we support the plans to build a new oriel chamber and repair the hall roof structure, which we are confident will ensure the integrity of the structure for the future.”

North Somerset Council will make the final decision on the application.

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