….you see, a lot of the plasterwork on the walls was badly cracked, falling off or covered in damp mould – to be honest, in most parts it was a combination of all three.

And we couldn’t figure out where the water ingress and dampness was coming from.

So, we decided to pull a bit of the plaster off to see just how bad the rot was. It didn’t take much coaxing for huge chunks of plaster to break and fall off –

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Okay, so this was a major problem. The plasterwork was rotten and any slight knock would see it crumble onto the floor.

This made me worry even more about the huge piece of ceiling plaster that had previously fallen off.

In Victorian times the plaster was put on about an inch thick, and if any more of that fell down and say, hit someone on the head, it could kill them.

The entire room was now a hazard – a Health & Safety nightmare!

The plan, once we get funding, sponsorship or donations, is to frame the walls and ceiling and put insulated plasterboard back on to stop any moisture getting through, create an air gap and to help with insulation.

But, if the ceiling was framed and more plaster fell off onto the new plasterboard beneath, the sheer weight of the original plaster could bring the whole of any new ceiling down. So maybe we should give it a tap to see how safe it actually was?…..

img_2692 Erm, that would be “not very safe” then!

How about another tap?

img_2689 Oops.

Not an inch of the floor could be seen as the original plaster crumbled and fell off en masse. This room was an accident waiting to happen – and the debris we thought would be easy to shift, was far from gone…..