Way back in April when we were driving back up from our Cornwall holiday (I am only a few months behind!!!) we stopped off at Castle Drogo. We have been there before and it is a really interesting place to visit if you ever get the chance. The main attractions as we had been driving for some time were the cafe and a visit to the other little room - you know the one! Castle Drogo was the last castle to be built in England. It was designed by the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Although for some reason I always want to call him Edward. Poor man!
Castle Drogo was built from 1911 to 1930 for Julius Drewe. However, almost immediately after it was built it started to leak - I know how it feels to live in a leaky house! - ever since then repairs and patching have been going on. The Castle was given to the National Trust in 1974 when it became the trusts first 20th Century House.
In 2017 all of the current repairs to the Castle will be complete, after a project of over 10 years. The roof has been taken off, many stones from the walls removed and windows painstakingly repaired too. The Castle is still some way off being completed and back to its "usual" self, but it is very interesting too.
There are some art installations in place in some of the rooms and I will show you these in another post. If you click on the pictures that are to come up they will enlarge and then you can read all about the work and see the timeline of the Castle and all that has happened here and some of the main events in the Drewe family.
You can see the Castle in the distance behind the stoneyard. It all seemed like a giant jigsaw puzzle that someone was in the process of working out. I was surprised at how large the stones actually are.
You can see that most of the building is shrouded in scaffolding. The green on the side is a staircase that you can go up and you can see work happening on the roof. We didn't go up because we didn't have time and I was wearing a very long skirt, so not good for climbing!
If you are interested in seeing the roof works and other things though you can look on the NT website here.
Although you cannot see the Castle you can tell from this door how amazing it looks. We have been to see the Castle before work started a couple of times and it really is a fascinating building and well worth a visit. Just imagine an Arts and Crafts Castle and how amazing that might be and you are some way there to imagining it.
These information boards tell you a bit more about the work happening and what the causes of the leaks are!
Here you can see the fascinating history of the family and the Castle.
As I mentioned there are various art installations in the Castle, but before you enter the Castle you can visit The Site Hut of Parallel Time. Also called by me the Site Hut of a Parallel Universe!
I cannot confess to understand all that was going on here. However, the gist - I think! - is that this is the site hut and the artworks - mostly all interactive - demonstrate communications between the site office and other people such as Julius Drewe.
Then we headed off to the Castle for our walk around, which I will share with you in another post.
Just to give you a taster, this is some of the damage which the building has suffered internally. So sad, but it is being repaired so that is good!
More to come another day! I can recommend it as well worth a visit though if you are in the area, either now, or especially when it is all fixed up again!