Our Raby team are hard at work at Gainford Hall undergoing vital repairs to restore the Elizabethan manor and its beautiful Dovecote. Gainford Hall is a large Grade I listed house and was built during the closing years of the reign of Elizabeth I for Reverend John Cradock, Vicar of Gainford. It’s layout, two rooms deep, was considered ‘cutting-edge’ for its day and it’s possibly the earliest such house in the North of England.
Gainford Hall has not seen any major restoration for over 100 years and it is on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register, reflecting its need for significant and extensive repairs before any of its fabric is lost. The building recently came back under the control of Raby Estates and its removal from the at-risk register is a priority for the Estate, Historic England, and officers of Durham County Council.
The high quality residential development at Gainford will fund the restoration of Gainford Hall and it is hoped that a sustainable, future use for the building can be found.
This restoration project is being overseen by our Buildings Manager Phillip Dent, Maintenance Manager Michael Bennett and our experienced team who have been undertaking the ongoing repairs which include re-roofing, chimney repairs and leadwork. There is a huge task ahead in replacing and restoring all of the lead windows and our latest apprentices Jack Addison and Daniel McCauley have been learning the trade and proving invaluable with stonework and joinery repairs. This project seeks to maintain as many of the Hall’s original features as possible and we are committed to using local suppliers including C.S Scaffolders and Middleton Forge.
These important renovations for Gainford Hall are due to be completed in early 2022 and Savills are now marketing the property as a residential let. We hope this future use will secure tenants who will take pride in maintaining this historic building and we believe a residential use will create minimal disturbance for neighbours, with little intervention to the historic building itself. We are also hoping to convert the outer farm buildings to employment use which will bring more jobs to the area.