National Trust reveals splendid Gothic tiles of Tyntesfield after two years under wraps

By Culture24 Staff | 01 March 2011
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The National Trust has unveiled it latest restoration project – the Spectacular Gothic roof at Tyntesfield in North Somerset.

A striking Gothic Victorian House, the property has had its roof under wraps for the past two years hidden behind one of the largest temporary free standing scaffold roof structures in Europe, the size of 10 tennis courts, while repairs and restoration work were taking place.

Now watertight and weatherproof, the newly cleaned and restored black and red tiles display the bold geometric colours and patterns that were first seen by the Gibbs’ family in the 1860s.

Inside the house, dozens of contractors have worked in all of the 106 rooms during the last two years to complete new plumbing and thermostatically controlled heating. One of the first houses in the country to have electric lighting in 1890, Tyntesfield has also been rewired and now every room boasts electricity.

Meghan Wilton, Tyntesfield’s Acting House Manager described the colossal project as “a bit like moving house.”

“But imagine a house with over 100 rooms and more than 40, 000 objects, ranging from Victorian cooking utensils and toys to rare and delicate pieces of furniture.”

Staff have now begun to re-present the rooms to evoke the different ways all four generations of the Gibbs’ family used the house. The Main Hall, for example has been fitted out with comfy chairs, period jigsaw puzzles and other ephemera to recreate its time as a family living room in the 1890s.

One of the country’s finest Victorian estates Tyntesfield was saved by the nation in 2002 after a huge fundraising appeal and a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund that raised £25 million in just 100 days.
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