The original beam of this hidden inglenook fireplace had unfortunately been sawn in half to accommodate the modern 1970’s ‘improvements’. This was removed and replaced with a matched reclaimed oak beam over 3.5m long – which took five men to move into place! When the Woodlouse team opened the aperture up, we were delighted to find the original quoin stones still intact. After sympathetic cleaning, all the stone work was lime pointed and the wall lime plastered. Reclaimed flagstones for the hearth and a new woodburner completed this most satisfying transformation.

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The owners of this traditional farm worker’s cottage commissioned Woodlouse Conservation to replace the outdated brick-built fireplace and replace it with one more in-keeping with the property. Under the brickwork we found the original slate hearth which, together with a reclaimed oak beam, was used to create the finished result. For more pictures, click here.