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Culture Recovery Fund enables roof repairs to historic Hartland Abbey

— 25 Nov 2020


A roof with a view – Grade I listed Hartland Abbey sits a mile from the coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Architectural Assistant, Jonathan Johnson carrying out an inspection of the roof before scaffolding went up


Scaffolding going up


Repairs to the roof include replacing eroded cement, leaking downpipes and failed leadwork

623A Hartland Abbey Grade I house aerial view

A grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund has allowed essential roof repairs to begin on Grade I listed Hartland Abbey on the north Devon coast.

The Government’s Culture Recovery Fund was created to help support the country’s heritage assets and other cultural organisations through these extraordinary times, whilst also creating local jobs and supporting livelihoods. Administered through Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the grant has enabled Hartland Abbey to undertake repairs to the roof which despite regular maintenance has deteriorated, putting the historically important house and its contents at risk.

Hartland Abbey was established as a monastery in the 12th century before becoming a substantial mansion house in the 18th century; altered and updated by world renowned architect, George Gilbert Scott, in the 19th century; and still owned, maintained, lived in and run by the same family for the last 500 years.

Historic building specialists, Jonathan Rhind Architects are delighted to have been asked to oversee the works, which need to be undertaken in a tight time frame, and involve coordination between specialist contractors, suppliers and organisations to ensure the specialist conservation works are completed to Historic England’s high standards and within a tight programme.

Hartland Abbey has featured as renowned boarding house Mallory Towers in CBBC’s production of Enid Blyton’s much-loved novel, as well as being the filming base for Netflix’s production of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and the BBCs recent production of John Le Carre’s The Night Manager.

A Grade I listed house, sited in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the heritage coast and North Devon Biosphere, Hartland Abbey is archaeologically, historically and culturally important, and we are pleased to be part of the team ensuring its longterm future for the family who live there, the tourists who visit and the viewers who can enjoy it on screen.


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