Hickling Hall is a grade 2 listed property located in the village of Hickling on the Norfolk Broads. It dates to around 1700 with a later Victorian extension added to the rear of the building.
The building is constructed of handmade Tudor brick and French limestone detail to door and window surrounds.
On Boxing day 2014 a rook’s nest in the chimney caught fire and with a serious lack of water pressure in the area the fire brigade could not put the fire out but only try to contain it. This resulted in major damage to the external fabric of the building as well as causing much devastation to the internals.
Employed as masonry subcontractor for Austin Newport Ltd who specialise in this type of work for insurers we were tasked with the clearance, detailing and reconstruction of the Hall including; internal/external walls, fireplaces, reclaimed pammet tiled flooring and the natural stone dressings that framed the windows and doors to the building.
This restoration project was large and took two years to complete. Many walls had to be demolished to be made safe and even after salvaging as much of the original material as possible, over 24,000 new bricks and all new stone components had to be specially produced in order to complete the work.
The stone used on the project was a French limestone called Lavoux Doire, a very fine grained cream stone that is nice to work and produces crisp and clean moulded detail.
In total, 220 tons of concrete block were laid within the building to form the structural walls with the external face then receiving a skin of new and old brick (mixed to blend together) with new masonry dressings to the windows and front door.
The front door itself was of Bolection style with worked Portland stone steps and a broken arch pediment to its top. Within this broken arch was set a newly designed carved stone cartouche. The design itself was the creation of the client and Daren as the client wanted something that reflected his nature of business – farming.
Now fully rebuilt and restored, Hickling Hall will continue to stand out as a fine stately home for many years to come.