The Trust has reached agreement with the electricity company to replace our temporarty supply with a proper supply with extra capacity for us and our neighbours. Three sections of the overhead cables that disfigure the front of the mansion will be underground - at the same time improving the landscape setting.
Within the house, the reinstatement of the housekeeper's room has advanced since the last newsletter, with all walls plastered and the cornice installed throughout most of the room. A firebrick hearth has been laid in the large fireplace and a traditional decorative cast-iron fireback fitted. The second window has also been installed.
Our largest project is the reconstruction of the wing roof. This has now been completed over the central and eastern sections, with work on the western end to be started shortly. The Pilgrim Trust has paid out the last instalment of its £20,000 grant for these works. However, we have also received two private donations - one for £1,250 and the other for 6,250 including gift aid. It is shame that the public do not see the complexity of these roof works but all are keen that we should have a roof for rather obvious reasons!
On the principal floor, two windows have been fitted and two more delivered and will be fitted shortlu. All the windows have been funded by generous individuals.
Elsewhere in the mansion our excellent bricklayer has repaired areas of damaged brickwork and completed the hearths in the drawing room and dining room. In the wing the plaster on the walls largely remains but has been wrecked by being exposed to the rain since the early 150s. Most will have to be hacked off and replastered. We have done some of this replastering in the lift lobby and on an adjacent large wall. All these various works have a cumulative effect in gradually bringing Copped Hall back from a ruin.
For years maps have captioned the mansion as "Copped Hall (ruins)". Recently one of the major map firms contacted the Trust and said they wanted to change their description, as they knew Copped Hall was being restored. The other day I was looking at Google maps and it now says Copped Hall Trust. Word is out!