Hartley and Son were approached to repair the 14th Century oak windows to Dorney Court’s Great Hall. The oak – the original timber and over 650 years old – was rotten in places but, in others, was still like new just 15mm below the surface. Using traditional techniques and only hand tools we removed the timber and replaced it with the estate’s own timber.
We also used the project to train an apprentice carpenter alongside our Master Cabinet Maker. It was the carpenter’s first time on a property of this age, but quickly gained new skills and was allowed to complete many parts of the project.
Our team has now been employed elsewhere on the estate, including hand-carving a replacement barge board, seen below in the workshop and on site.