Witchampton Ruins (2015)

12 November 2015
Archaeological & Museum Conservation
Project value:
£11k - £50k
Project length:
3 months

Witchampton Ruins (2015)

Witchampton ruins are the remains of the Manor House originating from the 13th century.  SSHC undertook a careful programme of consolidation, weather protection and stabilisation, working closely with archaeologists and from photographic records. 

This work involved the removal of plant material, repointing, rebedding and weather protection to areas of the flint and rubble walls to slow their deterioration and protect the wall heads, exposed faces and cores.  Areas of the Ashlar stone dressings were also in need of consolidation.

Some features of the ruin required complete dismantling with careful recording to ensure the accuracy of their rebuild (with steel pins to stabilise) could be achieved.  Sections of stone had also been removed due to archaeological clearance; these areas required rebuilding with stone from the site to ensure that walls were fully supported and not in danger of collapse.

Below: the scaffold is down and the consolidation works are shown within the context of the beautiful ruins.