To further my skills and gain evidence for my portfolio, I approached the Bolton Abbey Estate regarding voluntary work. They came back with an offer to restore a small barn.
The Fish House or Old Hatchery, was used as a hatchery for the fish eggs to be used in the game fishing on the estate. It had been run down for many years as its small size made it useless for farming. Keen not to let it fall into anymore into disrepair, the estate agreed that they would fund the materials for new windows, timber gutters , cast iron fall pipes, new door liner, gate and the roof spars replacing. I was to provide the labour.
The windows were made from Sapele timber. The louvre’s are housed in a separate cartridge. This allowed to fit the windows then install the louvre’s, it also meant that if the louvre’s became fast over time, they could be removed and eased. The windows were finished with aluminum primer then weather seal.
After fitting the windows I installed timber gutters and cast iron fall pipes. The fish house is now used as a hunting bothey for the local shooting syndicate. It is good to know that the barn will be around for many more years to come.