Archaeological Dig at Grade II Listed Keldgate Manor, Beverley

Work is coming on well at the Grade II Listed Keldgate Manor – formally a residential care home which is being converted into a 79-bed care facility for Springfield Healthcare.

The existing Manor House is Grade II listed, originally constructed circa 1700.  The site is covered by an archaeology watching brief.  Whilst excavating the new basement the archaeologists found areas of significant interest including cess and refuge pits, boundary walls, building footings and structures dating back to the 13th Century.  All of which are now being hand excavated by several archaeologists with works expected to be completed mid-March.

General work scope includes:

External

  • preservation and like for like replacement to west moorland roof slates
  • preservation and like for like replacement of existing timber sash windows
  • external render and structural masonry repair
  • replica replacement of existing guttering and RWP

Internal features to be refurbished and retained:

  • stucco wall finish
  • cornices and coving
  • internal timbers including doors, wall panelling, door surrounds
  • original fireplaces
  • existing walls are timber lath with horsehair and lime plaster being made good using traditional methods of construction
  • replacement of ornate balcony and balustrades

Works underway at the moment include; driven piles to the new build footprint, sheet piles to form the basement walls, installation of the new stone water attenuation tank, part demolition and numerous works to the existing Manor House, Coach House and Gatehouses, all of which will continue for a number of weeks.

The main frame for the new extension is currently in final stages of design and looking to commence early April with the overall completion of February 2022.

 

Restoration of slate roof, overlooking Beverly Minster
Archaeological Dig

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