The roof had fallen in throughout the winter due to heavy snow fall.
Inner courtyard which illustrates the successive transitions. Late 18th C on the left, earlier possibly 16/17th on the right, with what looks like a coach house door on the ground floor.
Unfortunate condition of the interior - I did say it had been left to it's own devices!!
We dated this room completely wrong, trusting the date sign. We were told it is actually a Victorian replica of their idea of a Tudor room. Crucial lesson No 1 - do not always trust date signs!!! they lie people.
Some dust anyone?
This is the effect of cement pointing. I will not bore you with too much detail, but unfortunately, throughout it's history the lime pointing has been replaced by cement. This is not good news. Traditional lime pointing acts as a sacrificial layer, it's strength is less than that of the stone around it, then when the stone gets wet, due to rain, internal moisture, etc, the water can escape through the pointing and into the atmosphere. The pointing then only needs to be touched up instead of replaced completely. However, modern cement pointing is stronger than the stone around it and impermeable, so instead, the stone becomes the sacrificial layer, eroding away internally and combusting due to trapped moisture until it starts to look like picture 2.