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Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Simpson & Brown was engaged by Derbyshire County Council in 2009 to identify and report on the quantity and costs of essential repairs to the historic buildings, structures and landscape elements of the Elvaston Castle Estate, near Derby.  Working closely with the local conservation officers and representatives from English Heritage a comprehensive document was produced to enable decisions to be made affecting the long term future of the grade II* listed house and the important historic landscape designed by William Barron.

In a separate contract Simpson & Brown worked on the conservation and repair of buildings and structures within the grounds, including the walled garden and the spectacular Moorish Temple, the eccentric 4th Earl of Harrington’s folly dedicated to his wife, the Regency actress Maria Foote. Highly decorated and ornate, this unusual pavilion is also notable for an early use of reinforced concrete.

Another phase of work was recently undertaken to  carry out repairs to the roof area above some of the Castle’s principal rooms including the richly decorated Hall of the Fair Star.  Working with the Council’s own labour force, the practice replaced later concrete tiled roofs, improved drainage and restored domed roof lanterns using lead cast from the material taken off the roof.

Project name: Elvaston Castle Country Park
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