A ‘discovery of a lifetime'
The need to re-roof as soon as possible was brought into acute focus by a stunning discovery in 2021: an astonishingly well-preserved scheme of Tudor wall paintings, hidden beneath later lath and plaster. The paintings were discovered as the Landmark team were carrying out some routine investigation, removing small areas of plaster around the building to see whether the main joints of the great timber frame were still sound.
As Landmark's Historian Caroline Stanford explains on seeing the extent of the decorative scheme: “Suddenly, we are transported from a dusty, dilapidated building into the rich and cultured world of the Tudor Calverleys, a well-educated family keen to display their learning and wealth by demonstrating their appreciation of Renaissance culture. The Calverley paintings are very carefully planned, in a vertical design that uses the timber studwork as a framework.” Read Caroline’s reflections on the paintings and their historical context in full. We are enormously grateful to the trustees of the Elizabeth Cazyer Charitable Trust for generously and fully funding the painstaking conservation work to these astonishing wall paintings.
The wall paintings were picked up by local and international media, with publications from the Guardian, Yorkshire Post, BBC radio, Mail Online and Apollo magazine to USA Today championing the discovery.
Read director Anna Keay’s blog about the discovery