A house of this size and of this age has by definition an ongoing restoration programme. Great Fulford is listed Grade I by English Heritage and as such is considered by them to be an important part of the National Heritage.
This is odd considering that the ‘Nation’ has had no part in creating either the house or the landscape surrounding it. In fact the ‘Nation,’ in the guise of Parliament, has done its best to destroy it, either by use of cannon in the Civil War or, more recently, by punitive taxation.
This house has been preserved despite, not because of, Government help and we can proudly boast that we have never taken a penny in grant money and we have paid VAT and tax on every penny we have spent on maintaining or restoring this property.
Restoration thus only happens as when we can afford it. The main aim of course has been to keep the water out and the electrics up to date as fire and water are the chief threats to a building. Due to gross financial ineptitude in the mid 19th century Great Fulford was let for some forty years and when my family returned to take up residence towards the end of the 19th century it was in a sad state of disrepair.
We have recently restored the Ballroom to its former glory, including a spectacular ceiling sculpted by Geoffrey Preston.
Restoration banner image and gallery images 3, 4 & 7 by Nick Carter. Gallery images 2, 5 & 6 by Geoffrey Preston.