Old House Project

Old House Project

The SPAB’s Old House Project site is a Grade II* ‘building at risk’ near Maidstone, Kent. St Andrews (former) chapel is a ‘sleeping beauty’ that has stood empty for around 50 years. When the SPAB bought the building in November 2018, it was hidden behind an overgrown garden; vandal damage had left the site vulnerable; and parts of the roof were leaking. In 2018 and early 2019 emergency work to the roof and windows was carried out and a security system installed. But there are significant repairs still to be done. 

St Andrews has a colourful and fascinating history: it has housed a relic of St Andrew, was owned by Tudor poet Thomas Wyatt, and acted as a local post office in the 20th century. Over the course of the project the SPAB will work with Historic England, Kent Archaeological Society and the local council to uncover more of the building’s story and to bring St Andrew’s back to life. 

We are increasingly concerned about the decline of craft skills in the UK. A fifth of our housing stock is pre-1919 but much of the maintenance and repair work on these buildings is undertaken by people without specialist skills. In purchasing St Andrews we have embarked on a five-year project to repair this characterful medieval building whilst showcasing the very best conservation methods and materials.

We will share our learnings and progress through our education programme, video demonstrations and the project book (see project resources below). When it comes to historic buildings we advocate repair over demolition. The Old House Project will show what can be done to bring an 'at risk' building back into use.

 

 

Get involved

Events

Course

Over the two day course, participants will have the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience with firing a field kiln and learning about the complete process of burning Grey Chalk.

Date:
01/06/2020 - 02/06/2020
Course Type:
Workshop
Audience:
Intermediate, Advanced, CPD
REF:

HH2 20

Location:
St Andrew's Chapel, Boarley Lane, Maidstone, ME14 3DB
Price:

£200 pp (includes lunch)

Working Party

Join the SPAB for our annual Summer Working Party at Boxley Abbey and the Old House Project near Maidstone in Kent

Date:
13/07/2020 - 19/07/2020
Audience:
Introductory
Location:
Boxley Abbey, Sandling, MAIDSTONE, ME14 3BT
Price:

£150 to cover food and materials