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Restoration of the Ballroom

During the early 1800's the Ballroom was constructed to a high standard by instruction of the Mundy family, for entertaining their friends who were once wined and dined at Markeaton Hall.

During the 1960's this Restoration of the Ballroomroom, along with the rest of the house, was converted into flats. Rooms were divided up with breezeblocks and ceilings lowered, destroying much of the detail. The Ballroom, although badly damaged, fared reasonably well as most of the main detail had some remaining sections, which we could copy accurately.

Traditional French DoorsWe intend to remove the suspended ceiling, dividing walls, rotten and concrete floors, inappropriate panoramic windows and doors.

The original designs have been re-created as accurately as possible, replacing the missing Regency entrance door, a pair of French doors, 10 inch plank wooden floor, plaster ceiling rose and chandelier, of which we have sourced a beautiful piece that once graced Kedleston Hall.

Original wallpaper conserved and repairedThe barrel-back alcove, amazingly, had a substantial amount of original wallpaper still intact, which has been conserved and repaired. It also had a section of hand-drawn plaster moulding around the alcove that will also be restored.

Timber skirting, chair rail, mouldings and architraves have been faithfully created to match the original profiles found on components scattered about the house and grounds.

The one original window shutter has been repaired in the Wheathills workshops, used as a pattern to create the missing opposite shutter and both carefully fitted in their original location.

Restoring the original fireplaceThe fireplace, now missing but originally from Markeaton Hall, has been carefully re-created from photographs and the scars left on the wall where it once stood have given us vital clues on critical dimensions.

Now complete the fully decorated Ballroom is used to host talks and lectures on Antiques and their restoration and care. Together with the conservation of buildings and associated restoration trades, our Lectures and hands-on Workshop talks have been made all the more enjoyable as a result of the beautiful Ballroom setting.

The Finished Ballroom

 
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