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Blandford Cupola Project rotten timbers

The problems the building is facing are deep rooted and relate to a period of neglect lasting over many decades.

Externally, this is seen in the crumbling of the external stone work of the building. The rapidly deteriorating state of the Cupola was a major cause of concern.

Struck by lightning in the 1960s, inappropriate materials were used during repairs.

The Cupola has now been rebuilt, salvaging as much of the historic frame and timbers as was possible, with completion in 2016.

Blandford Cupola Project rotten timbers

















Unseen, gulleys in the roof collected water which - instead of draining away - seeped into the walls. As these were built from soft Wiltshire greensand, water easily penetrated leading to internal plasterwork being damaged with sections that fell away.


Although the Cupola has been saved, urgent repairs continue to be needed:

  • To make the roof weather-tight
  • To stop further deterioration of the dressed stone and repair the external fabric of the building.

Blandford Cupola Project rotten timbers

Blandford Cupola Project plaster



Internally, plasterwork has flaked and fallen away.



Blandford Cupola Project plaster

Monuments and memorial plaques have been dirtied by loosened plaster and paint dislodged by damp seeping through the walls

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