Passionate and delicate restoration in a Georgian Country house in Lancashire where Carron were fortunately chosen to supply the heating solutions throughout the house. Here's Townhead's story:
Townhead is an 18th Century grade II listed Georgian country house in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. Up until 2009 it was derelict, unloved and on English Heritage's 'Buildings at Risk' register. In 2010, Robert Staples bought the property and began a 4 year journey of bringing it back to life.
Built in 1732 by the Wigglesworth family, the house has undergone many alternations and extensions. Over the years it has had a number of different uses, including a shooting lodge and a home for evacuees in World War II. In the 1970s, however, the property was abandoned and left to fall into disrepair.
Mr Staples bought Townhead with the intention of restoring it to its former glory and breathing life into it once more to serve as a family home. With a detailed conservation plan drawn up with the consultation of English Heritage, Mr Staples set about a sensitive restoration of the entire property.
Where possible traditional methods and materials were utilised but with the requirements of a modern day home, and that's where Carron came in.
Our range of traditional cast iron radiators were perfect, keeping to the decor of the house but they could be run off the ground source heating system installed in the property to maximise efficiency and minimise the use of modern heating systems not designed for older properties or in keeping with the aesthetics of the period property.
In total over 80 radiators were installed throughout the house, with many different designs and sizes used. The work met all of the relevant guidelines and used traditional methods and materials to retain the integrity of the period property.
The restoration project was such a success that Townhead was named winner of Restoration of a Georgian Country House in the 2013 Georgian Society awards.