Cottage & Walled Garden Proposals

Area A

Construction / Existing Condition

Toilet container located at north east end. Walls of stone and brick bothy (roofless) to be removed and used for repairs elsewhere.

Description of Proposed Work

Remove ivy to expose surface of stone outer walls.
Lift and re-bed stone copes. Replace any missing copes to match existing. Stitch cracks. Rake out defective pointing and repoint using lime mortar.

Gardener’s Cottage Garden (B)

Description of Proposed Work

Provide new boarded door / gate to opening at north east end. Make boundary wall safe by fencing / protecting public. Rebuild missing section of stone boundary wall.

Possible Events Area (C)

Construction / Existing Condition

This is entered at the north east end by a boarded door / gate in the outer stone wall. The south east brick wall contiguous with the eastern triangular area has been cleared of ivy. Exposed wall footing, open joints, wallhead, piers Against the north west wall contiguous with the section of original walled garden that is not in the Trust’s ownership there is a two section leanto greenhouse, ‘Pear House’.

Description of Proposed Work

Bulge in wall to north of gate into Area C. Repair in accordance with structural engineer’s advice.

Repair brick walls, including copes and piers. Replace missing bricks, point open joints using lime mortar, rebuild the faces of piers (allow 8 No). Repoint top five courses of brick.

Restore gravel paths around perimeter.

Reinstate double gates in opening to Eastern Triangular Area (A). Overall gate opening width 4.54m. New ledged braced and boarded doors / gates. Re-erect or remake metal frame that carried Himalayan Rose. New ledged braced and boarded doors / gates at two narrow and one wide opening between Area C/D and E. New gate /door to match at south end of vinery.

Demolish derelict half of greenhouse. Continue repair work to Pear House using half moon cut glass and matching glazing bar section. Bed glass in linseed oil putty.

Ornamental Area (D)

Construction / Existing Condition

Note (C) and (D) area one area at present separated by a post and wire fence.
Three section lean-to greenhouse‘Vinery’. Water drains to the inside. Cast iron gutter on south greenhouse section. North and centre sections have a solid timber ogee gutter which appears dead level but has a hollowed out timber channel with a fall.
Centre greenhouse has a doorway through to a room covered with corrugated plastic roofing which is in the brick range of lean-to buildings in the Potting Sheds.

Description of Proposed Work

Retain Vinery and bring to a good state of repair.

Area E

Construction / Existing Condition

Potting Sheds

Description of Proposed Work

Brick lean-to, arched recess in north gable, arched doorway in south gable. Corrugated plastic roof to 40%, section missing where linked to vinery. Lean to slate roof over the remainder. Allow for new roof, rafters ceiling ties, sarking and second hand Scotch slates where roof is corrugated plastic and for stripping existing slates (nail sick) and re-slating on Proctor Roofshield. Consider insulation where part of the Potting Shed will be used for interpretation. Overhaul timber sash and case windows. Renew one boarded door to match and overhaul other doors

Area F

Construction / Existing Condition

Camellia House, Carnation House, Melon House, Old cold frames, heating pits and well

Description of Proposed Work

The Camellia House is the last surviving W Richardson & Co. Ltd of Darlington greenhouse.
Phased repair work to the Camellia House has been started and should continue. Allow for rebuilding brickwork and restoring glazed superstructure, including opening lights, all to match existing. Centre section has a watertank. Strip out all cast iron heating pipes. Retain and re-use cast iron gratings. Replicate fret ridge detail.

Carnation House is derelict and should be removed and the ground filled and levelled.

Melon House, partially sunk into the ground with brick walls, those to the north and east with blind arches. Restore walls, renew glazing bars and glazed roof.

Remove all derelict cold frames. Remove pits associated with heating systems, lay hardcore, compact top soil and grass seed. Lean-to sheds against perimeter walls - in the longer term remove these.

Boundary walls - remove vegetation growing on and out of walls, replace missing bricks, re-point walls and re-bed copes. Rehang / replace to match existing double leaf boarded doors / gates.


The hierarchy for use in discussing the significance of the parts of the area to be conserved is as follows:

  • Outstanding - items that are of exceptional importance on a national level, for which there must be a strong presumption against change to the original fabric, other than faithful restoration. Any new work must be reversible.
  • High - items of considerable importance on a regional level or above, which should be retained with minimum intervention, if intervention is necessary for their survival.
  • Cultural value - items which have local significance. While there will be a preference for retention, intervention will be acceptable.
  • No cultural value - neutral, does not imply necessity for removal, but this would be an option given appropriate replacement.
  • Intrusive - removal is desirable. This category does not imply that the item is of no practical use but that it is inappropriate to the use or perceived future use of the site.

Gray, Marshall & Associates
Chartered Architects
23 Stafford Street
Edinburgh EH3 7BJ 
30 May 2008, revised 12 June 2008, 17 June 2008

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