Back to work in 2019 with cornice restoration in North Yorkshire
Following on from repairs we made in 2017 to the beautiful and unique ballroom ceiling of Bedale Hall, we have now started work in another room for a cornice restoration. We're restoring a cornice in the drawing room by removing layers of paint build up and correcting previous repairs that were of an inferior nature. The cornice beneath the paint is exquisitely delicate and made the days removing layers of paint all very worthwhile. See photos for more detail!
Bedale Hall is a Grade I Listed Palladian-style country house in the town of Bedale, North Yorkshire. It is a wonderful example of Palladianism which was a reaction against Baroque. It's based on forms of ancient Roman buildings in a classical style and was often used in grand mansions.
The ballroom ceiling features a frieze including a bizarre image of a dog with woman's head, bare breasts, decorated with a sash and garlands plus some particularly cute, chubby Putto. A Putti is a chubby male child that represents the omnipresence of God.
The hall remained in private ownership until after the First World War, when it was leased to tenants before being requisitioned for military use during the Second World. After this, the hall stood empty for a while and was lived in by squatters which caused damage to the fabric of the building.
In 1951 it was purchased by Bedale Rural District Council. There was a programme of improvement with the help of a large grant from the Historic Buildings Council. By 1961 and every detail of the ballroom was made as it was originally in 1730.
The hall is host to several community organisations including the library, a museum, the tourist information office and Bedale Town Council. It was whilst at a conference held in the ballroom, when Ryedale's MD Catherine found her eyes drawn upwards to admire the magnificent ceiling. She noticed water damage to an area of decorative plasterwork on the external wall of the hall.
Catherine brought it to a Councillors' attention and months later was asked to quote for repairs. The rest, as they say, is history....
We look forward to seeing this room with its new cornice restoration when it has been re-decorated and ready for use. See here for finished project pics in the coming months.