The Raise the Roof Project (2014-2015) addressed the urgent need to restore the roof surrounding the Inner Courtyard and covering the main state rooms including the historic Banqueting Hall. During the previous few years, the Trust had been forced to complete piecemeal repairs to various parts of the roof considered to be most at risk. However, thanks to support from our visitors, the Garfield Weston Trust and the Country House Foundation, we were able to raise the required £180,000 to complete an urgent, more extensive restoration project.
This project was one of the most significant works of restoration of this generation at Hoghton Tower and was vital to prevent damage to the fabric of this beautiful building and irreplaceable historic interiors as well as ensuring that we were able to continue to deliver the Trust’s long-term cultural and educational offering.
The work took approximately 8 months and included:
- replacing or repairing all the existing rafters, ridges, purlins, trusses and valley boards;
- replacing or repairing tin and perishing lead work;
- restoring or replacing original slate roof tiles
Whilst the work above the historic state rooms was completed, the fight with the roof tiles and the elements on this Lancashire hilltop continues. In 2020, we began work to repair the roof over the Grade II listed Coach House. However, it has been estimated that this will cost £75,000.