Wressle Castle

Built in the 1380s, for St Thomas Percy, brother of Henry Percy, the Earl of Northumberland, Wressle Castle is Grade 1 listed. It was a quadrangular castle with four ranges surrounding a courtyard and four large oblong towers at each corner. It remained intact until the end of the Civil War when it was substantially demolished by an act of parliament.

Client
RH Falkingham & Son
Architect/client representative
Wiles and Maguire Architects
Contract value
£682,000

The south range of the castle was occupied and survived to have a brief life as part of a farmhouse complex but was burnt down in 1798 leaving the ruin we see today consisting of two three storey towers and an intervening full height unroofed two storey hall. Close to the river Derwent, which was navigable, and with gardens attached, it is suggested that it was built more as a country house rather than a military bastion.

Historic Property Restoration has been engaged on Phase 1 of the initial consolidation works to preserve this important Yorkshire castle. The work involves primarily stonemasonry repairs to the fabric of the building along with the removal of vegetation.

The Dean and Chapter and its Fabric Advisory Committee is thrilled with the quality of work produced by HPR Ltd. The skills exhibited in stone masonry are particularly fine. Managers and staff have developed good relations with the client team – we couldn’t have asked for better attitude or commitment.

Lindy Gilliland Testimonial -
Lindy Gilliland - Newcastle Cathedral Project Manager

"From my personal perspective, this was one of the best projects I have been involved with over the last 35 years as a Chartered Building Surveyor, RIS Accredited in Building Conservation. My client role on this was a complete pleasure, because you and your team were first class, complementing the excellent professional design team. Well done!"

Richard Dunn -
PCC Project Co-ordinator, for St John the Baptist Church, Wilberfoss

"May I take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for your professional and unfailingly helpful conduct during this project. We particularly appreciate the efforts made to overcome the deficiencies and problems arising from the previous contractor."

Andrew Bodenham -
Blackett Ord Conservation

"HPR recognise, and allow for, the necessary archaeological recording to take place during consolidation work and the disruptions that this may cause to their planned programme of work comes as no surprise to them. This awareness means that their workforce is able to be pro-active in informing the archaeologist of any possible instances when recording may be necessary."

Mick Krupa -
NPHT Archaeologist at Nenthead Smeltmill

"Historic Property Restoration carried out the first phase of the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Town Hall. The company were extremely professional in their approach throughout the entire process as befits a company with extensive experience in the conservation and restoration sector."

David Lodge -
Greater Morpeth Development Trust

"Historic Property Restoration deliver good quality work to programme and budget on a regular basis. They are reliable and value for money."

Ian Merritt -
English Heritage Conservation and Maintenance Manager
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