Past visitors to the house will know that its facilities, including lavatories, are somewhat primitive. At present, the previously derelict and unused northwest corner of the house, beyond the library, is being prepared for installation of new lavatories for guests and visitors. This area is part of the earliest wing of the house, dating from 1425, and the works have revealed some tantalising glimpses of earlier history. A mid fifteenth century carved stone fireplace and a seventeenth century window frame, found in the thickness of the wall, have been found; chamfered ends to some oak ceiling timbers indicate an earlier fifteenth century jettied floor to this wing, now absorbed into a later extension; and the splendid massive oak timbers of the 1425 ceiling structure have been revealed. Visitors will see all this when using the facilities!
Elsewhere on the site, a new below ground treatment plant is being installed to take all the drainage from the house, opera house and the other buildings at West Horsley Place in their new uses. The seventeenth century stableblock has been internally propped for safety as its condition has proved to be worse than previously thought, pending detailed assessment of necessary repairs. Plans are now well advanced for the installation of services to the ground floor of the house and for the Place Farm barn and coachhouse.
The coming months will see all these plans coming together. The result will be the creation of a wonderful new asset for use by local communities for enjoyment and wellbeing, visiting, learning, culture and inspiration. We need to secure. Further funding to make these plans a reality so if you are able to help with a donation towards this unique project, you can do so HERE.
Our team of two at West Horsley Place has now been swelled by the most welcome addition of Catherine Day. We are absolutely delighted that Catherine has joined us as our Head of Development to help us raise the funds necessary for all that we aim to achieve at West Horsley Place. Catherine introduces herself and her role below.