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Hadham Hall

Location: Hertfordshire




Hadham Hall is an impressive, early 18th century country house built originally for the Rev William Stanley. Evidence suggests that it was probably built by John James of Greenwich, a distinguished contemporary architect. The building is of red brick construction, with stone dressings, heavy wood, an eaves-cornice around the entire building and a hipped, red tile roof. Kenyon was engaged to complete extensive internal refurbishment works to the main house and outbuildings.

Phase 1 consisted of the construction of a new garage in the style of its surroundings, the installation of new mechanical services and the restoration of the original building. Existing cornices, doors, windows and floors were extensively restored. The limecrete floors within the cellars were replaced by specialist suppliers. Inside the coach house a new, bespoke oak staircase and a new floor overlaying the existing were also installed. The damaged perimeter wall and gateposts were repaired and rebuilt to match the original’s appearance. Specialist suppliers were engaged to manufacture and install architectural wrought iron railings and handrails.

In Phase 2, Kenyon provided fine decorations to the existing building. Great care was taken in restoring significant features of the building to their original character. Oak panelling that had previously been restored in patches was completely hand stripped and either polished or decorated using a traditional graining technique. Existing lined walls were stripped, re-lined and finished with bespoke luxury wallpaper. Extensive French polishing was undertaken throughout the building.