Beaurepaire was owned by the Brocas family from Aquitaine for approximately 500 years. In the 14th century, Sir John Brocas was Edward III’s Master of the Horse. In 1369, Edward permitted John’s son, Bernard, to enclose the parkland and create the Beaurepaire estate. As a knight, Bernard was favoured by Edward, the Black Prince, and accompanied him during the Battle of Poitiers. Bernard later became Chief Surveyor and Sovereign Warden of the parks at Winchester College; he was acquainted with the college’s founder, William of Wykeham.
The house suffered considerable damage during the Civil War and was later rebuilt in 1777. The house is moated with access over small bridges: the white iron gates to the main bridge were designed by Sir John Soane.
The estate was sold by the Brocas family in 1873. In 1942, the building was largely destroyed by fire. The Tudor wing, however, survived. The owner at the time of the fire, Sir Strati Ralli, was unable to restore or repair the house due to wartime restriction of building materials.
In 1959, the house was bought by Roger Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield who lived in nearby Sherfield. Makins commissioned Tom Bird (an architect who worked at the offices of Maxwell Fry) to restore the building. The building was further renovated by Makins’s son, Dwight, who added a cloister garden with battlements and crow-stepped gables.
Scope of Work
Williams Restoration undertook the restoration of the Tudor facades. This included the use of a ThermaTech modular cleaning system. A system created with the environment in mind. Energy efficiency, water consumption and its low emissions makes it one of the leading resources for a environmentally friendly company to have.. Once complete we progressed to removing the cementitious mortar from the brickwork and stonework and replacing this with a sympathetic Lime mortar. This was used in conjunction with locally sourced materials to achieve a mortar that matched the original. In conjunction with the before mentioned, Williams Restoration undertook the removal of existing stucco window mouldings, these were then replaced in handworked stone mouldings further to this Williams undertook the restoration of the cornices, these were restored where possible and re-run where needed.
Project location: Basingstoke, Hampshire
Client: K&K Contractors
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Chris Dyson Architects
"Cumberland Lodge is a grade two listed building that is part of the Crown Estate in Windsor Great Park. We employed Williams Restoration to refurbished the brickwork on our main front entrance..."
Colin Baker, Cumberland Lodge.
The Williams Restoration team took on the whole job, from removing the cement render through to re-decoration. There's no avoiding the fact that this type of work is messy and sometimes noisy, but they tried hard to minimise nuisance to ourselves and our neighbours. They did a good job, and the facade now looks very smart and authentic.
John Cottrell. Regents Park Road, London
Williams Restoration left the job looking very clean and tidy. I am very pleased with how they have cleaned the stone work. Would highly recommend.
Gary Brown. Contracts Manager, London
So pleased with the work that Williams Restoration completed on my restoration project. I felt at ease with their outstanding customer service and knowledge of the task at hand.
I cant fault the workmanship of Williams Restoration. The site was always left clean and tidy.
Dean Bowie. London
Williams Restoration were always extremely clean and tidy. They provided the project with a good finish.
Graham. London. Ewell
Williams Restoration did a first rate job! Craig Williams is a truely skilled craftsman.