If you visit the estate between October 2018 and March 2019, you won’t fail to notice scaffolding on the front of our historic Castle. Here’s why…
Leeds Castle is run by the Leeds Castle Foundation; a charity whose main aim is to look after the Castle and its estate for the enjoyment of today’s visitors and future generations. Now in its 900th year, restoration on its stonework and exterior fabric has inevitably become a necessity in conserving this beautiful Castle for the next 900 years.
The current project taking place on the front elevation of the Castle is due to be completed in March 2019, and is part of a long stonework repair programme which first began in 1995 on the Castle Island, then moved onto the Maiden’s Tower; Gate Tower; Moat Bridge and Gloriette. This current and most vital project is due to cost the Foundation over £300,000 and is supervised by Conservation Architect Ian Angus of Carden & Godfrey.
The order of works includes the replacement of stones using only Kentish Ragstone, lime shelter coating and the repointing of the walls with lime mortar by hand. The team will be cutting out existing mortar joints and replacing them with a lime mix to ensure no moisture is trapped behind any previous cement repairs. In addition, they will be replacing the lead roofs in the main turrets, roof parapet gutters, and making repairs to any timberwork.
Finally, there will be a redecoration process on the metalwork and window glazing, and ‘Richemont Bleu’ stone will be used for the restoration of detailed window masonry.