The Rennovation

The work on the door to the passage is indicative of the spirit of the rennovation of 62 Castlegate. Where the original wood was sound it was retained and treated. Where it was not sound it was replaced with similar wood.

When the parlour window was stripped out it appeared that the frame was much older than the sash. It was stripped back all the way back and treated. It was established that it originally had a mullion suggesting that the original glazing took the form of leaded lights. It would seem the sash window was installed when the house was extended in the nineteenth century. It was decided that the window should be reinstated in the style it was found and consequently a new sliding or yorkshire sash replaced the old one.

Although the frame for the upstairs window was not nearly so old it received the same treatment. Where the wood was sound it was retained. Where it was not it was replaced by similar timber.

The clay floor tiles in the parlour provided their own special problems. The first is that they had to come up so that a damp proof membrane could be installed for the house and service ducts could be laid across the room.

Over the years the damp in the room had leached salt through the tiles, and while they were lifted they were treated to remove the salt. This was done by simply emersing them in a bath of water, and relying on the propensity of salt to dissolve in water. The water was regularly changed over a period of some months. Finally when the salt was removed and the work below floor level completed the tiles were reinstated.