UK’s oldest bank set for ‘crucial’ restoration works

Round House restoration
Round House restoration: the building was formerly known as Boot Hall (Image: Henley Group)

A Yorkshire specialist conservation company is restoring the oldest bank in the UK.

Henley Restoration & Remedials will work with main contractor ISG to carry out “crucial restoration work” to the exterior of the Round House in Evesham, Worcestershire.

The job involves repairs to historic timber elements, wattle and daub lime render panels, window repairs, and a full decoration package for the facade.

Henley said that it recently carried out detailed surveys, conservation reports, and material analysis to help develop the most suitable repair strategy for the building.

The Round House, formerly listed as Booth Hall, was built 568 years ago during the reign of Henry VI in the late Middle Ages. It has been classified as a building of ‘exceptional interest’ by Historic England.

It is also a Grade I-listed building. Only 2.5% of the approximately 379,444 listed buildings in England are categorised as Grade I.

Works are expected to complete this year.

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