Dunham Massey Hall

Glass conservators from Recclesia are working with the National Trust at Dunham Massey in Cheshire to safeguard the future of several historic windows. Following a survey of the fabric by the Trust, some concerns were raised over the condition of the inner courtyard windows. These are very handsome diamond quarrel windows which span two stories in masonry surrounds with quite lovely iron casements.

Recclesia was commissioned to remove the glass and the casements to the conservation studio for specialist repair work, and to address issues with cracked and friable masonry whilst the windows were away. As the company has its own metal conservation workshops and masonry conservators, the work is being completed entirely in house.

The present hall was built in 1616 by Sir George Booth, who received one of the first baronetcies to be created by James I in 1611; it was remodelled by John Norris for his descendant, George, 2nd Earl of Warrington between 1732 and 1740; it was further altered by John Hope towards the end of the 18th century and again by Joseph Compton Hall between 1905 and 1908.

The hall, stables, and the carriage house of Dunham Massey are all Grade I listed buildings. The deer park is the only surviving medieval park in Trafford or the surrounding area. The hall and grounds are open to the public and are a popular tourist attraction, with 340,000 visitors in 2014