21st March 2017

One year after the fire – restoration work to start on historic Wythenshawe Hall

It’s a year since Wythenshawe Hall, a Grade II* listed manor house in Wythenshawe, Manchester, suffered extensive fire damage to its main hall. Dating back to 1540, this timber-framed Tudor building is a much-loved local landmark and of great historic importance.

Over the past year, meticulous work has been underway, led by Thomasons and supported by conservation architects Buttress, to dismantle the damaged areas and determine how to repair the timber frame while preserving as much of the original structure and building fabric as possible. Manchester City Council, which owns the building, has been closely involved throughout the work.

In his last job before retirement, rot hound Sam was brought in to sniff out areas of dry rot in the manor house, suitably booted to protect his feet.

Restoration work will start shortly, with Thomasons working alongside main contractor Conlon Construction and timber specialist UK Restoration Services, to return Wythenshawe Hall to its former glory. The first phase of the work, expected to take seven months, will restore the timber frame and shell of the building. Internal fabric repairs will be carried out in phase two.