A new floor has been laid onto the original 1630s first floor beams of the North West corner tower of Richelieu's girdling walls. The floor level was raised back to the original level, using floor laths and a structural floor of rather modern! 'OSB' - organised strand board. This ensures a strong and flat bearing surface to the old wobbly skeleton of old floor/ceiling beams. We have been told that the fine new floor boards themselves are of poplar wood.
The next small step will be the restoration of the two fireplaces that are both quite dilapidated, and need many new fire-safe tiles and bricks to complete. Two cast-iron 'plaques' at the rear wall and two pairs of large firedogs are required so the chimneys can finally be used again, after a very long lapse. The chimneys above must have been restored or rebuilt in the 19th century, as must have been the roof itself Both seem in relatively good condition.
Then - - what to do with the now-rotten lime plastering that barely adheres to the walls and causes endless cascades of dust and dirt and filth? The cut masonry too needs detailed repair from the effects of 500 years use!
The little project rolls on! Many thanks to all the contributing artisans for their support and hard work!
|looking northwards to the occulus window|
|the staircase handrail and the first floor fireplace.|