The ‘Back Sheds’, located along the north side of the Vinery wall, were in a very poor state. For the want of a few kilos of lead, the 200 ft long structure had effectively been destroyed by vandals.
Meanwhile, back inside the walls..
Our good friend Phil conducts his daily inspection.
The first stage in any restoration project is to make a thorough examination of the remains. This is a dual process involving extensive research into the historic value of the site whilst clearing away the debris.
and clearing the site was no small task.
The front door to the cottage must be somewhere around here. Surely….
An extra pair of garden shears might come in handy, do you think?
Luckily the roof was in mint condition, apart from the odd missing tile here and there..
These pictures, taken in the late 70’s, provide valuable evidence of the main glass houses seen during the latter stage of decline. The Tomato House stands in the foreground with the forcing beds, Melon House, Fig House and Vinery House in receding order.
The Vinery is quite obviously still in use at this point, but it is not clear as to what is being cultivated.
Attention has been given to clearing some of the path and maintaining the border to a limited extent.