- Clear up day 26th October 2013
The Trustees, Friends of old Wymering and Graham Healey got together to clear the garden. The weather was dreadful but this didn’t hamper our clearing efforts! Instead we made great headway with the inside of the Manor in preparation of the Halloween Ghost Walks.
- Britain’s Empty Homes
Wymering Manor was filmed as part of the BBC series “Britain’s Empty Homes” to see the footage click here. – video to follow
- Bill Fergie & Edward Roberts Visit 11th October 2013
Wymering Manor Trust were delighted to host Bill Fergie and Edward Roberts at the manor on 11th October. Edward and Bill were met at the house by Andrew Mason from WMT and Dr. Karen Fielder from the University of Portsmouth. Edward and Bill are both leading heritage professionals and the foremost authorities on domestic architecture within Hampshire. Their involvement at the manor has seen them produce a hugely valuable report into the nature of construction of the Elizabethan house and drawings of the newly exposed timber frame of the building following the structural failure in the north corner.
On their most recent visit, Bill and Edward examined the large chimney stack at the rear of the hall and considered whether its construction is likely to date from the time that the house was built or whether it could perhaps be from an earlier structure on the site. Edward quickly concluded that the stack fits very well with the period that the timber frame was raised; however, elements of its construction suggest that the stones forming the plinth and quoins have been re-used from an earlier building.
We hope to welcome Edward and Bill back to the house before too long and are most grateful to them for taking the time to visit and for the benefit of their expertise.
- UK Preservation Trust AGM at Wymering Manor 18th October 2013
The South East region of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts held their annual meeting on 18th October at Wymering Manor. The event was hosted by Judith Martin of The Industrial Buildings Preservation Trust and Dr. Celia Clark of Wymering Manor Trust. Over twenty delegates were in attendance, including Ian Rice from the Architectural Heritage Fund and Dr. James Moir, director of the UKAPT. Guy Stanford from Tennyson Insurance in Chichester led a useful discussion on the problems faced by those seeking to insurance heritage assets and was able to provide valuable advice to a number of the trusts present.