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Support | Restoration Projects

RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS

Funds raised through admission tickets, retail, accommodation and catering are reinvested into vital and ongoing conservation and restoration projects.

Leeds Castle renovations to the Lady Baillie Bedroom
Leeds Castle renovations to the Lady Baillie Bedroom

A HERITAGE TO REPAIR

In recent years, over £2 million has been spent restoring the Castle’s outer stonework; an ongoing restoration project that requires funding raised only through our hospitality, accommodation, catering, retail and visitor ticket sales.

Repairs that did more harm than good

During the late 19th century, it was common practice to use cement-based mortar on many heritage buildings, and again for post-war repairs during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

Unfortunately, these ‘repairs’ did more harm than good, and in addition to centuries of general weathering, the cement mortar is to blame for the erosion of the Castle’s stonework today.

By using cement mortar instead of lime mortar, the stonework’s breathability was blocked; trapping moisture inside the stone. Inevitably, the damp stonework would then freeze during the winter, causing broken and spalling stone to appear on the Castle’s exterior.

Fixing the mistakes of the past

As a result, major restoration projects were undertaken on the Castle exterior, the Maiden’s Tower, Gate Tower, Moat Bridge and the Gloriette.

In 1995, the work began with a series of smaller repairs to the walls and doors of the Castle. Further work was then undertaken to remove loose stonework, and in 2007, extensive maintenance began on the string courses, walls and windows. Other restoration projects include the removal of moss and plant growth around the walls, and the preservation of historic corbel stone remnants.

Respecting tradition

To uphold tradition, we aim always to use Kentish Ragstone to reflect the original appearance of the New Castle. 

Looking ahead to future conservation projects

Future plans include the conservation of the Barbican and Fortified Mill, alongside the continued restoration of the Castle’s front elevation.

Raising funds is vital to keep conservation projects on the horizon and ensuring Leeds Castle, the grounds, gardens and the wider estate are preserved for generations. With your help, it is fully possible.