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GALLERY 5 - RESTORATION - PRE 2004

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INNER GATEHOUSE RESTORATION - 1990

Work on restoring the Inner Gatehouse to provide self-catering apartments was completed in June 1990.  The pictures below show some of the work in progress and also the end results of all the labours.

Materials and equipment stored under the archway in the Inner Gatehouse.

1.   Materials and equipment stored under the archway in the Inner Gatehouse.

Floor, wall and ceiling repairs.

2.   Floor, wall and ceiling repairs.

Ceiling/floor repairs.

3.   Ceiling/floor repairs.

More ceiling/floor repairs.

4.   More ceiling/floor repairs.

More repairs in progress.

5.   More repairs in progress.

Note how the ceiling/floor above has been supported during repairs.

6.   Note how the ceiling/floor above has been supported during repairs.

Commemorative plaque at the entrance to the Watson apartment.

7.   Commemorative plaque at the entrance to the Watson apartment.

Close up view of commemorative plaque.

8.   Close up view of commemorative plaque.

The entrance to the "Woodley" apartment - note the inscription above the door - "A Napoleon III" - a reference to the musuem that Dr Edleston was going to construct in his 1920s' extension to the Inner Gatehouse.

9.   The entrance to the "Woodley" apartment - note the inscription above the door - "A Napoleon III" - a reference to the museum that Dr Edleston was going to construct in his 1920s' extension to the Inner Gatehouse.

One of the entrance halls.

10.   One of the entrance halls.

One of the larger lounges.

11.  One of the larger lounges.

Bed-sitting room.

12.  Bed-sitting room.

Stairwell.

13.   Stairwell.

Kitchen.

14.   Kitchen.

 

GREAT TOWER RESTORATION - 1995 to 1996

The next 4 pictures show restoration work being carried out on the Great Tower.  This work was started in September 1995 and was completed by Easter 1996. The work included the provision of a new roof, provision of new plumbing, electrical, heating and ventilating services and cost somewhere in the region of £350,000, of which £60,000 was met from an English Heritage grant and £75,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This picture shows a large crane being used to lift materials to the top of the Great Tower during the restoration of its roof.     A picture of the crane in use.

15 and 16.   These pictures show a large crane being used to lift materials to the top of the Great Tower during the restoration of its roof.

Work on the roof of the Great Tower in progress

17.    Work on the roof of the Great Tower in progress.

Work being carried out to restore the King's Room in the Great Tower.

18.   Work being carried out to restore the King's Room in the Great Tower.

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