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    Kirby Hall

    May 02, 2014 by in Sculpture and decorative arts

    One of England’s finest Elizabethan houses by Sir Humphrey Stafford, and later passing into the hands of Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth.


    Much of this building is now sadly roofless, but the walls have stood up remarkably well and retain much of its styling with embellishments in parts by Nicholas Stone.


    Now in the care of English Heritage, the gardens are being slowly restored to their ‘cutwork’ design. The restoration of the gardens would be incomplete without ornamentation which required the replication of four life-size classical figures from the collection of statuary at Wrest Park.


    We also conserved the oversized truncated torso of the Rape of the Sabine which had previously laid almost forgotton and abandoned within the grounds of the Hall. Before mounting the figure on its new pedestal we liased with a structural engineer in order to make the figure safe for this unmanned site.


    Contract value range: Various contracts

    Client: English Heritage


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