Chew Magna Manor
Chew Magna Manor is a Grade Two Star listed building. Most of what meets the eye today is mid-19th century, the work of architect John Norton, who also worked on nearby Tyntesfield, although there are records of a house on the site before this, and during the course of our work we have found fabric from earlier versions of the house which were subsumed into Norton’s design.
After the Second World War the site was occupied and used as a school. The Manor House itself ceased to be used as a school building in 1986, and has since stood empty.
In 2013 we were asked to help organise efforts to save the house, which was suffering severe water damage from a rapidly disintegrating roof. Since then we have worked steadily with Main Contractor Dan Scott Stonework and some fine craftsmen to implement a holistic plan not only to repair the damaged fabric, but effectively to turn the house into a machine for drying itself out, while creating a warm and dry living environment, fuelled in large measure by renewable energy.
The quality of work on site is outstanding, and stands comparison with the best of the Victorian craftsmanship.