Old Beaupre Castle - Conservation to the Inner Porch

Old Beaupre Castle

Old Beaupre Castle

During the period November 2010 to March 2011 a specialist contractor under the direction of Cadw carried out conservation of the stonework within the inner porch. This work was necessary as the masonry and intricate stone carvings contained within the porch were in a poor state of repair.

Old Beaupre Castle is an example of a great courtyard castellated house. The inner porch (AD1600) was added to the main courtyard entrance in the south range under the ownership of Richard Bassett. The porch represented the pinnacle of renaissance design and was constructed in three tiers making use of classical Greek ornamentation. Other notable features include the stone-carved Bassett coat of arms, ornate capital decoration and frieze border details with projecting cornicing. Recent research by Cadw has linked the fabrication of these ornate carved details to similar decoration on the great chamber fireplace at South Wraxall Manor in Wiltshire.

This project has provided an opportunity to undertaken sensitive conservation/remedial works to preserve the delicate stonework and carved details as well as improve the presentation of the inner porch. The work involved the cleaning of external and internal stone surfaces, consolidation and repair or eroding carved stone details and selected replacement of particular stones, timber lintels and roof covering.