Wiston House, Wilton Estate

Wiston House, a Grade I listed building, is a large 16th-century country house in Wiston, West Sussex.

The house was built for Thomas Shirley in about 1576 and substantially enlarged by Edward Blore in the early 19th century. The Goring family have owned the estate since it first acquired in 1743.

Among the colourful events in its history, Wiston House was first captured by the Royalists and then by the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War. Today, the house is the base of Wilton Park, an executive agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office providing a global forum for strategic discussion.

This local Grade I listed landmark; popular with both the resident public and more international groups, required elements of both conservation and restoration in order to prevent destabilisation of the 16thCentury bay window structure, arising as a result of corrosion in the old iron cramps within the Mullions.

DBR Southern has been working on the Wilton estate for many years, carrying out masonry conservation work to the historic fabric of French limestone ashlar, Horsham stone and slate roofs. This work includes stone replacement, repointing, and the reconstruction of unstable masonry of both the manor house and the outlying buildings.

An on-site stone carving facility was created to allow for the bespoke production of masonry units.

Consideration was given to the ongoing commercial activity of the property throughout the works which necessitated scaffold adaptions and aesthetic wrapping to detract visitors from the working areas; as well as noise and hours of work restrictions.

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