Large Restorations

Our large restoration projects

Bird’s Cottage

Our first major project was Bird’s Cottage in Milton Keynes village. The house was an ancient hidden gem. A Victorian brick façade masked a rare “base cruck” hall house, probably dating from the 15th century. The house was empty and dilapidated. A local archaeologist realised its importance. Historic England then gave it a rare II* listing. We bought the house, and restored it, with financial help from the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, the Architectural Heritage Fund and Historic England.

Birds Cottage – north gable before restoration

Birds Cottage – restoration under way – 1993

Birds Cottage – north gable after restoration

49 High Street Amersham

Our second major project involved another hidden late medieval house. 49 High St in Amersham was a former antiques shop. The business was housed in a modern extension, fronting onto the High Street and so hiding the ancient building. The owner had died intestate and the old house was deteriorating. Fortunately, the Amersham Society was looking for a building to house, and show to the public, its historical collection. While the local council arranged for the building to be made waterproof, we agreed to buy both house and shop until the Society could buy them from us. After its restoration, 49 High Street is a very popular and successful local museum.

Amersham Museum – window before restoration

Amersham Museum – window after restoration

You can download a PDF document with details of projects undertaken in our first 30 years.