Take a Georgian Country house in rural Lancashire, a passion for refined restoration, and the opportunity for Carron to supply the heating solution throughout the property. A story unfolds.
Here is Townhead’s story:
Townhead an 18th Century grade II listed Georgian country house, situated in the Ribble Valley Lancashire remained very much unloved and neglected up until 2009. The Country house was also listed on the English Heritage's 'Buildings at Risk' register. Brought by Robert Staples in 2010, thus so began a four year journey of bringing the country house back to life.
Built in 1732 by the Wigglesworth family, the house had endured many alternations and extensions. Over the years it had been used for numerous purposes including a shooting lodge and as a home for evacuees in World War II. Throughout the 1970s, however, the property was abandoned and left to fall into disrepair.
Mr Staples purchased 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 profound restoration of the entire property.
Where possible traditional methods and materials were utilised, however with the requirements of a modern day home, Carron’s stylish radiators were the perfect choice and in harmony with the aesthetics of the period property.
Carron’s range of traditional cast iron radiators were seamless, not only in 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.
In total over 80 radiators were installed throughout the property, with many different designs and sizes used. The work undertaken 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.